Social Studies Scent-O-Matic. Yes!
I have been waiting for this for so long. I know some of you have done the same thing – striking a bunch of matches, blowing them out, and letting the smoke waft through the room during conversations about battles or battle sims.
Because we know how powerful the sense of smell can be in connecting emotion and content. And when we can connect emotion and content, retention goes up. Comprehension goes up. But in today’s world of smoke alarms, lighting a box of matches in your classroom is probably not a good idea.
So you can imagine how cool it was when I ran across the Scent-O-Matic. Seriously. A company that lets you order a can of smells specific to a historical period or topic. I am loving this!
The process is pretty simple. Go to the Adventure Scents site scents page and check out their line of smells. Even better? Go to their Scent-O Matic page, click on the Search by Educational Unit, and use the drop down menu to pick a topic that fits your instructional unit.
So if my kids are learning about the California Gold Rush, I slide down to Social Studies – Gold Rush and
Bam! Gold Mine smell.
There are about 40 different smells aligned to a variety of instructional units.
And, for no other reason than I can then say “smells aligned to instruction,” I will be ordering some of these. I’ll let you know how they work out.