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Students use visual imagery in dealing with a stressful situation. They practice the visual imagery in class and at home. They record their reflections in a journal.
Sensory details show the story instead of telling it. Emerging writers discuss ways to convey sensory details. They practice adding sensory details in a graphic organizer before adding details to their own scripts.
Students discover how to create suspense by slowing down a moment and include sensory details in their writing. After a lecture/demo, students write a short story that is packed with suspense. They exchange their stories, giving each other feedback.
Read a sample of creative descriptive writing to your science class. Discuss how writing can be used to record and communicate observations that scientists make. Reading selections and thought-provoking questions are suggested. Also included are a sensory observation sheet for elementary learners and a sensory detail word bank for middle and high schoolers. Take your class outdoors to practice writing, or give them interesting objects to describe. This is a terrific exercise in encouraging junior scientists to pay attention to detail.
Students define and give examples of five senses, compiling a list of sensory words to be used in a written descriptive paragraph.
Young writers use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe details in two paintings. One depicts a sunny landscape, and the other shows a cloudier view. They write a narrative inspired by the paintings, paying attention to transitional words or phrases and sensory details. They will then use color and line to create their own calm or stormy landscape.
Young scholars will exercise their minds and creativity in this lesson to capture one moment in time through writing. They will learn writing skills and vocabulary that are essential to literacy in the science classroom.
Incorporate sensory details into a piece of descriptive writing. First, elementary and middle schoolers improve a piece of writing by using precise, vivid language, as well as appropriate word choice. They then listen to a variety of read aloud books which focus on the senses. Can they identify which senses are used and when?  
Dress up to catch the class's attention before reading a silly story aloud. Learners identify five sensory details within the story and interpret two metaphors. They then collaborate on sequencing events before retelling the story using storyboard illustrations. They create an illustration and sound effects for their scenes. A chart details the pacing for the various activities.
Elementary writers practice writing descriptive paragraphs by adding adjectives and sensory words to their writing. They use a picture of a monster for their descriptive paragraph. This 12-page lesson should increase your charges understanding of how to incorporate adjectives, sensory words, and descriptive phrases into a story or poem. Good worksheets are embedded in the plan as well.
First graders explore the world of sensory details in literature through the book, The Story About Ping. They write a story utilizing the five sense words. They research Asia in small groups and write a reading response describing their own adventure or experience being lost.
How many oceans can you name? First, have learners try to name as many oceans as they can, and then have them locate and identify the oceans on a world map. They create a recognizable ocean animal using poster board and tissue paper. They create a large ocean mural of underwater mountains and plants. To integrate writing in the plan, they write a poem using sensory details about their ocean animal and write a comprehensive report.
Sixth graders write descriptive narratives about animals. In this descriptive writing lesson, the teacher models how to write a paragraph with interesting sensory words and exciting verbs. Students choose a picture of an animal they want to write about. Students begin writing about the animal and use self and peer editing. When the class is finished, all narratives are put together to create a class animal book.
Eighth graders use personal histories developed and written as descriptive narratives and transform them into visual imagery integrating characters, events and symbols into an observable story.
Fifth graders develop compositions on self-selected topics. They choose a topic based upon their ability. Individual pupils earn points for each activity completed. Students use descriptive writing as they support their composition with facts, reasons, examples, and sensory details.
Students investigate the quality of writing while focusing on the use of sensory words to convey meaning and ideas. The power of similes and metaphors is emphasized while they create and edit works of writing. The skill of descriptive writing is developed.
Add to the narrative writing experience. Elementary or middle school writers listen to the teacher read a descriptive passage, then reread the same passage silently. They highlight sensory details and figurative language, then orally share their highlighted sections.
Third graders read a book about emigrating to America. They create and illustrate a triante poem using sensory words, depicting something they liked about the story.
Second graders listen to a story that contains many sensory words to describe an object. They listen a second time using a signal to indicate when they hear a sensory word. They write a short story about a monster using appropriate words, participate in peer editing activities, and then illustrate the story.
Discuss how to use sensory details in creative and descriptive writing. Scholars observe and experience a sensory rich item such as a bar of soap or peanut butter, and then use descriptive language to describe it. Consider having your learners choose a sensory rich object of their own and write a description for it. Can anyone guess the object?

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