Taste Buds

Scripture: Daniel 1

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn because we live in a fallen world, bad things can happen to godly people.
  • Students will learn godly people act in godly ways even when times are tough.
  • Students will learn there are often positive earthly consequences for living a godly life.
  • Students will learn the science behind taste buds.

Guiding Question: How can students learn how taste buds work?

Materials: Sweet, salty, sour, bitter foods (based on your students/any allergies), paper copies of a diagram of a tongue, pencils

Procedure: Review the story introducing Daniel and his friends. Remind students of the good and bad choices made throughout the story. Explain that it is important to live in a godly way even when life is difficult because that will help us to make good choices and God will reward us for choosing to follow Him. God loves to bless those who remain faithful to Him. Bad things still happen to Christians because we live in a fallen and sinful world but God is there to make things good.

Introduce the activity. Teach the students about taste buds without telling them where they are located on the tongue. Can students tell by tasting things that are sweet, salty, sour or bitter where the specific taste buds are located? (Check student allergies before giving anything edible). Have students mark their conclusions on a diagram of a tongue. Compare student guesses to the actual placement of taste buds.

Additional Questions: How can students share research of taste buds?

Supplemental Activity: Have students research and create a multimedia presentation about taste buds and difference between different areas on the tongue.

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