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Use the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to teach your third grade class about descriptive writing. Following a teacher read-aloud of the story, the class brainstorms a list of adjectives describing the main character. Students use this list as they work independently writing four descriptive sentences, each including a different adjective and supporting detail from the text. Sentence frames are included to assist young writers that need help getting started. For additional support, model how to write a descriptive sentence for the class, providing an example of the writing that is expected of them. As an extension, consider performing this lesson with another fairy tale and having the class compare different characters within the genre.
Descriptive writing lessons can lead students on an exploration of how adjectives enhance any written work.
Fourth graders practice descriptive writing. In this writing lesson, 4th graders analyze segments of photographs, making predictions with each segment. Students then use their new understanding of descriptive language to write a paper that describes an image.
Students explore descriptive language using parts of the novel Tom Sawyer. In this descriptive writing lesson, students read passages from Tom Sawyer, identifying the descriptive language. Students then write a friendly letter to a person of their choice, modeling the descriptive language in Tom Sawyer.
Pupils use descriptive sentences to explain the five senses.  In this descriptive writing instructional activity, students eat a piece of candy and use descriptive words to tell about their candy.  Pupils eat a Gingerbread cookie and write a paragraph for each sense.
There are many fun and effective ways to teach students to write descriptively.
Students complete acting exercises as a part of a precise language activity to help them build vocabulary and improve their descriptive writing skills. For this theatre and writing lesson, students create and act out a sentence with two new words. Students present their sentences.
In this descriptive writing skills activity, students respond to 8 questions that challenge them to write detailed sentences that add atmosphere to their essays.
Young scholars write in a variety of ways. In this writing lesson, students use a variety of methods to practice descriptive writing. Young scholars recall memories, narrate, and reflect on lyrics of songs.
Banish clichés from descriptive writing! Class members listen to and identify the overused phrases in the presentation. An activity is proposed, and a sample poem full of clichés ends the show. Some of the sound effects are distracting, but others add to the experience. You might go through and delete the distracting sounds. 
Learners participate in a very creative instructional activity using gummy worms to engage students in identifying the five senses. They discover the steps in the descriptive writing process and how the five senses are involved. They generate pre-writing, drafting, and editing steps in order to write their descriptive essays.
Students explore descriptive writing and its effect on the reading experience. They consider an author's sensory experiences with frog sounds in springtime by reading and discussing the article "The Sweet Song of Spring: 'Ribbit;'" then Create a poster highlighting the meaning of a particular literary device learned about in class.
Fifth graders write a detailed description of a monster or alien they have created. They e-mail the description to another student, and the e-mail buddy draws the monster based on the descriptive writing.
Fifth graders explore descriptive writing. In this robot writing lesson, 5th graders sketch a draft of a robot based on the passages their instructor reads to them. Students then use software to draw the robots and write descriptive paragraphs that describe their robot creations.
Young scholars examine descriptive writing. In this writing lesson, students listen to an audio version of the diary of Lt. Polly Hatchard and her expedition to the South Pole. Young scholars explore the components of descriptive writing and complete their own in the form of a diary entry based on Lt. Hatchard's experience.
Fourth graders read the passage, "Florida's Fabulous Frontier Females" and write two narrative essays, one expository, using examples of differences in life in Florida during frontier times and today. They then complete one descriptive writing practice activity, writing descriptive sentences about living conditions Florida during the frontier days.
A great way to reinforce descriptive writing, this lesson serves as an exploration of adjectives and sensory words. First, pupils describe a family tradition using as many sensory details as they can. Then, they try to draw a scene from a story using the details provided. Finally, they engage in a walking gallery in which they look at pictures on a computer screen, providing an adjective for each.
Students examine state names that are derived from American Indian words and phrases. They effectively communicate ideas through the use of clear descriptive writing. The reverse of the Montana Quarter is used as inspiration for this lesson.
Fourth graders investigate the skill of descriptive writing while watching a video of images that can be used to stimulate ideas. Then brainstorming is done to build vocabulary of descriptive words. They compose descriptive narratives.
Students create a descriptive writing about the sounds they hear in one of their favorite places. They write or type a rough draft and then edit their work. They create their final draft on a computer either in the classroom or in the computer lab.

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