I love Anthropologie.  It's not secret.  I spend too many hours perusing its website.  Because I "like" Anthro on facebook, I'm able to stalk it even more: reading its status updates and photo shares.  Well, today Anthro posted a feature from their web mag on India in five senses.  Sounded interesting.  I'm sitting here doing nothing, sipping some water as my spiced chicken and stuffed peppers bake in the oven, waiting for Kyle to get home.  So I check it out.  And it was one of those moments when teachers are out, living their normal out-of-school lives, and something hits them as a great potential teaching idea!  We are always on the lookout - consciously or subconsciously - for teaching material.

Anyways - here's Anthro's feature: 
I plan to use this idea in my Arts History class.  Students will already have used Pinterest to introduce themselves, and I was considering using Pinterest again to have students visually represent the Romantic Era and then write accompanying captions.    Now I think I'll have students make a PowerPoint - or if students have tablets, something like MoodBoard - to represent the sights, sounds, textures, smell, and tastes of Romanticism.  I also like that the Anthro feature has a paragraph introduction.  I can see students creating a title slide with the introduction and then dedicate each of the following five slides to a different sense.  I like using photo captions to lend some context to the images so that students have to justify their choices and articulate themselves both verbally and visually.  

This sensory tour activity would obviously work well in geography or cultural studies classes.  But what about English or Art when you analyze imagery?  You could have students read a work - The Great Gatsby with its color imagery comes to mind - and put together a sensory tour that visually represents what the author puts into words.  Then, instead of written captions, you could accompany the images with passages from the novel.  

I can also think of an icebreaker on the five senses.  With the start of the school year coming up, I always dread trying to come up with an engaging icebreaker that hasn't been done a zillion times before.  What about a "My Summer in 5 Senses" activity?  Rather than having students do the hum-drum "share 3 fascinating things about yourself!" which rarely produces fascinating results, why not focus in on memorable summer moments?  It gives students a chance to share the highlights of their summer and also briefly reminicse about their beautiful summer lives before school sprung upon them yet again.  To test this out, I'm going to reflect on my summer in five senses:

Sight - Sitting on the deck of the Delta Queen looking at the downtown Chattanooga sitting high on the cliffs with the river spread out before us and the mountains encircling the city was a beautiful, peaceful, and memorable sight.

Sound - I become a little obsessed with Cher Lloyd this summer.  I love her hip, poppy, sassy music.  Listening to her sing about "turning her swag on" was pretty spec.   

Touch - While camping in the UP, Kyle and I spent a long afternoon playing in Lake Superior.  We made muddy sand balls and whipped them at one another.  I remember really clearly the feeling of scooping up the wet sand, letting the lake water drain between my finders, and packing the sand together into balls before chucking them at Kyle.

Smell - Sleeping in past 6 a.m. each morning this summer has been grand.  Dragging myself out of bed, stumbling into the kitchen, and whipping up a quick cup of coffee on the Keurig to get the day started: even better.  There's nothing like the smell of coffee to make mornings more enjoyable.  

Taste  - It seemed so special but was so simple: Kyle and I shared an ice cream cone of hand-scooped Mackinaw Island Fudge while visiting Tahquemenon Falls in the UP.  Cool, creamy, and delicious after hiking around the park.

That was quite fun.  Ima do it.  Thanks Anthro!  For your beautiful clothing, gifts, and decor, AND for your inspriring ideas.

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