Mmm, That’s Tasty! by Neville Gardner
School Journal June 2012
WALT: Begin to use a range of scientific symbols, conventions, and vocabulary.
SC: Complete a small science report on the taste + smell experiement
HOME ACTIVITY: Talk to whanau about flavour. What flavours do they like best? Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter and Umami (savoury).
What are their favourite salty, sour, bitter, sweet or savoury foods?
- There are 5 main flavour receptors. Sweet, Salty, Bitter, Sour and Umami.
List some foods fit each of the flavour receptors. SHARE
- Record the words you didn’t know before. Add a picture or sentence to describe what they mean.
Its has about 10,000 taste buds that is on top of your tongue,your papillae.
Receptor (p.26 )
Receptor is a taste bud that recognizes food types like sweet,sour,salty,bitter and umami(savoury).
The feel and appearance of food or other substances.
It is to see something and immediately identify that object / Person12
- On Page 29, there is the great jelly bean challenge. Mrs Parker will provide you with some Jelly Beans (or other items) to complete this task. SHARE
Use the template for a science report below to write what you did, and what you found.
- You need to write this very carefully (like a recipe) so that anyone who reads it can follow your experiment.
- You will need to use objective and formal language (without personal opinion, just the facts)
Question: Do our taste buds require smell?
Hypothesis: (1 -2 sentences telling what you think/hypothesis will be the result. Answer the question) I think that we won't be able to taste anything and you will have to rely on the textures that your tongue picks up (Eg Flakes, crumble and it continues)
Materials: (List ALL the things you need to complete the experiment)
- Blind fold
- Partner(s) (optional)
- Piece of paper and a pen/pencil
Procedure: (List ALL the steps you need to take complete the experiment- like a recipe)
- First you prepare the food
- Then you put on the blind fold
- Then with one hand pinch your nose and make sure you can’t smell anything
- With the other hand put the Jelly bean or other types of food in your mouth
- Chew it and do not swallow
- Tell your partner what you taste, for example texture and taste
- Then when he/she has written it down on the piece of paper
- After they did that take off the blindfold and unblock your nose
- Then tell them the difference in the tastes
Observations: (Record what happened as each step occurred)
- The first taste I got when I put the Jelly bean in my mouth was the sugar
- I also looked for the texture and what I picked up was a flakey kind of texture
- When I opened my eyes and unblocked my nose I immediately knew what the flavour was
- The flavour I guessed was Grape and the bean flavour was Grape.
Conclusion: (Answer the question. Was your hypothesis correct? Why/Why not?
Yes, My hypothesis was right because I looked for the texture and how much sugar I could taste in that bean.