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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This resource provides two different worksheets: a graphic organizer that helps learners categorize sensory details and a short essay prompt about the theme of hope. Both of these worksheets are related to The Tale of Despereaux. On the sensory details chart, small groups of learners record examples of descriptive writing that show vivid examples of the five senses. The essay prompt asks young writers to compose a 2 paragraph paper about something they hope for and ways to achieve th
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?
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.
Students read the story "My Little Sister Hugged An Ape" and make a list of sensory words from the story. In this interdisciplinary math instructional activity, students participate in sensory writing, and complete a questionnaire which they will use to make a bar graph.
Encourage your class to use sensory details in their writing with this activity! This worksheet provides a short passage about dancing princesses and asks young writers to identify sensory details, develop a setting for a folktale, and write a description of the setting. It includes two graphic organizers to help class members categorize details and plan out the setting they are going to describe.
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.