Frame Ask your students to name their favorite smell. Discuss with your students where their favorite smells originate, is it a flower in a larger garden, or cookies baking in the kitchen? Ask your students if they always have to be close to a scent in order to smell it, or can they be far away? Tell your students that scents travel through the air and into our nose. Some strong scents can be smelled from very far away.
Focus Explain to your students that you will be watching a clip from Dinosaur Train where Buddy uses his excellent sense of smell to track and find Tiny. Ask your students to identify another sense that Buddy uses to find Tiny’s hiding place.
Follow-Up Ask your students the following questions:
“What are Buddy, Tiny and Don trying to smell when they are playing with Annie?” (Something fruity)
“Did Tiny and Don smell anything fruity?” (No) “Did Buddy?” (Yes)
“Why might Buddy smell the fruity plant and not Tiny or Don?” (Some animals have better senses of smell than others)
“Why do Buddy and Annie lose Tiny’s scent when they are tracking her?” (Her footprints end and therefore there is no scent to track)
“What sense do Buddy and Annie use to finally find Tiny’s hiding place?” (Their sense of sight)