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5 Senses Activity with The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

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Objective: Identify adjectives used to describe each of the 5 senses using The Little, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

In this lesson, you will discuss adjectives related to the five senses, using “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” as a springboard for your discussion.



  • One strawberry per student
  • A piece of chart paper
  • One paint chip per student
  • Markers


  • Prior to the lesson divide the chart paper into 5 sections. Title the chart paper “The Big Hungry Bear and our 5 Senses.”
  • Write “Sight” in the first section, “Smell” in the second section, and so on.
  • Begin the lesson by gathering students together.
  • Review the five senses with your students. Talk about each sense and the part of body it is related to.
  • As you discuss the senses, draw the part of the body next to the word on the chart.
  • Explain that our five senses help us understand and make sense of our world. We use them to take in our surroundings. Use the five senses to talk about the classroom you are part of as a springboard for discussion.


  • Read, “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.”
  • As you read, stop to identify words that describe how the strawberry looks, smells, tastes, etc.
  • Give each student one strawberry. Instruct them not to eat the strawberry throughout the activity.

Active Engagement

  • Go through each of the 5 senses with the strawberry and record the adjectives used by the students to describe the strawberry.
  • Sight: What does it look like? What color is it?
  • Smell: What does it smell like?
  • Touch: What does it feel like?
  • Hearing: What does it sound like when you eat it?
  • Taste: What does it taste like?
  • Once you’ve recorded all of the adjectives, taste the strawberries
  • Talk about the following:
    • Why would The Big Hungry Bear want a strawberry?
    • Will The Big Hungry Bear get full from one strawberry?
    • Are strawberries nutritious? Why or why not?


  • Explain that paying attention to the 5 senses is a good thing for readers to do. The 5 senses help readers understand how a setting might smell, what a character is tasting, or how something sounds. When readers pay attention to the adjectives that describe the 5 senses, they will be able to make better inferences and improve their reading comprehension.

Karis Needham is an elementary-school teacher and freelance writer. She taught herself to read at the age of three and has been reading ever since! In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching Jeopardy, and scrapbooking.