How Do We Sense the Flavors of Food?

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We taste with our taste buds, so why do flavors change when we have a stuffy nose? Scholars experiment with taste testing while holding their noses and then while smelling. They record their observations in pairs and come together to record class data. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a KWL chart to demonstrate how much deeper a seemingly simple topic goes
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware of all food allergies and candies harmful to braces before doing the blind taste tests
  • Relies on prior knowledge of matter and molecules
Pros

  • Includes both liquid and solid tasting ideas
  • Offers many extensions for those wanting to go in more depth
Cons

  • None
NGSS