by Faye Brenner
Sense perception is one "way of knowing," and the International Baccalaureate defines the senses beyond sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste to also include movement and balance. This simple activity integrates the senses in order to encourage students to experience Williamsburg in a variety of ways.
Tell the students that they must use all of their senses during their visit to the Colonial village. Sight, of course is easy. Tell them to touch, taste, listen, and move. Teachers might also ask the students to take pictures of their experience.
Tour directors can use the coach ride back to the hotel or the next stop to follow up with the students. Ask them to consider what, taking the senses all together, they learned about colonial life. Turn to their seat partner and share their conclusions, even better if they took some pictures. Then, together they should decide on one essential idea about Williamsburg and their experience to share with the rest of the group.
In addition to site guides posted by Faye Brenner, the blog contains activities and questions developed by assistant workshop facilitator, Carol Kendrick, as well as the workshop participants.