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PBS Learning Media: The Science of Flavor

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector (for class presentation)

Activity Description

In this activity, students watch a video called The Science of Flavor to learn about the perception of flavor and then discuss what they learned.

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  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Review the video and questions for this activity.


  1. Introduce the lesson and ask how we detect flavor.
  2. Show the video, The Science of Flavor.
  3. Discuss the video. Use the discussion Questions to help guide the discussion.

Teacher Tips

The many videos can be used in class or students can explore on their own, do research and report back to class, working in groups.

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PBS Learning Media lessons and activities are developed by educators. The resources here are primarily aimed at K-12, but could be easily adapted for ABE, GED, and HS Diploma programs. Using PBS content in the classroom is easy since many producers work with teachers to create standards-based curriculum materials. Usually, these curriculum materials weave together video and online resources into an exciting instructional strategy that builds on the visual and collaborative strengths of these media. Learning how to integrate the strengths of the Internet with your curriculum takes practice. Each month, PBS Teachers will provide you with ideas that you can try with your students to enhance your teaching with technology. There are many videos with lesson plan ideas.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.