National Informal STEM Education Network: Horton Hears a Who! Storytime

In this Short Activity, learners make paper elephant ears to wear and listen to “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss before exploring scent molecules.

In this story time program, visitors actively listen to “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss. Before the story is read, children make paper “elephant ears” to wear. After the story, they use their sense of smell to explore scent molecules that are too small to see. This story time can also be presented in Spanish by using the Spanish-language story book.

BIG IDEA

There are things that are too small to see, but we can smell some of them.

LEARNING GOALS

  • There are very small things, too small for our eyes to see.
  • Our sense of smell can sometimes detect tiny particles that are too small to see.

NANO CONTENT MAP

Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.

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Science Topics
Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology
Technology Topics
Nanotechnology
Early Childhood, K-6, Educator
Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
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