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  • In this activity, students look at the connection between saliva and the senses of taste and smell.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand where saliva is produced in the body
    • have an awareness that the tongue is responsible for taste and be able to identify papillae
    • discuss the functions of saliva and realise that it is not only limited to the process of digestion
    • make the link between saliva and the sense of taste
    • understand the connection between the sense of smell and the sense of taste.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student worksheet.

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