Lesson Plan

Describe Sensory Details

In this lesson, students will use their five senses to tell about a picture. They will gain experience articulating and recognizing sensory details while building language skills.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Use Your Mind and Visualize! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Use Your Mind and Visualize! lesson plan.

Use all five senses to describe sensory details in a story! This first-grade lesson plan covers everything from helping students with reading fiction to teaching students how they can use sensory language in their own writing. Kids will look at different pictures and use sensory words to describe what is going on. This creative exercise challenges them to look at pictures in books and expand on what is happening—and is a fun way to build fiction comprehension.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to describe a picture using their five senses.

Language

Students will be able to use sensory details in a sentence level context using sentence frames for support.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Activate students' background knowledge by having them turn to a partner and share something they see in the classroom.
  • Take students on a picture walk through a book. As you flip through the pages, have students raise their hands to share things they see. If they don't know the name of something they see in the text, encourage them to point to the picture and/or use their home language.