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Spring Senses Poem

Spring is here! You can feel it, hear it, smell it, taste it, and see it! In this spring lesson plan, students will create a spring poem using their five senses.
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Students will be able to use invented spelling to write a spring-themed poem using their five senses.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to share what they know about their five senses.
  • Support students to understand that the five senses are what we use to explore and interact with the world. They include touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. Tell students that the body parts that enable us to experience these senses are our skin, tongue, nose, ears, and eyes.
  • Tell students to close their eyes.
  • Describe for students a beautiful spring day. Use descriptive language to invoke your students' five senses. For example, describe the feeling of bare feet on the field wet with rain, the sweet smell of flowers, the sounds of birds chirping, the taste of sweet honey, and the sight of the sun shining on the puddles.
  • Ask students to open their eyes and use their five senses to describe what a spring day is like.
  • Explain to students that today they are going to write a poem about spring using their five senses.
(5 minutes)
  • Post a piece of chart paper on the board with five headings: see, smell, taste, hear, and feel. (Tip: Include a body part picture next to each of the senses for those students who cannot read yet.)
  • Ask students to take some time to think about the different things that they see, smell, taste, hear, and feel during the spring.
  • Tell students to turn to a neighbor to share their ideas.
  • Call on student volunteers to help you fill in this chart. Use a combination of words and pictures to support all learners.
(10 minutes)
  • Project the Wake Up Senses worksheet onto the board.
  • Tell students that they will be using this worksheet to create their spring senses poem.
  • Model for students how to use invented spelling to write the topic for the poem Spring.
  • Explain to students that next they will be filling in the blanks next to each of the senses. Call on a volunteer to come up to the projector to share one of their ideas for something they see during spring. Support the students use of invented spelling by helping them stretch their words out, isolate sounds, and write the sounds they hear on the worksheet. Tell the volunteer to also include a picture of what they see during spring.
  • Have students share the pen by calling on another volunteer to come up and fill in the next space with a word and a picture.
  • Continue this process until all of the lines and boxes have been filled in.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out and preview the Wake Up Senses worksheet for students to complete independently.
  • Circulate around the room offering support with idea generation and invented spelling.


  • Have students struggling with writing focus on creating a detailed drawing for each of the senses.
  • Bring in actual items for students to touch, smell, taste, hear, and see (such as flowers, leaves, honey, and caterpillars).


  • Encourage students to use adjectives when they are writing their poems.
  • Provide students with lined paper or writing journals and have them write using complete sentences. For example, "I see ____ in the spring."
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute whiteboards to each student.
  • Tell students that they will practice using invented spelling to write items from each other's spring senses poems.
  • Ask for a volunteer to name one of the items from their poem.
  • Model for the students how to stretch out the word, isolate the sounds, and write down the letters that they hear on their whiteboards.
  • Continue calling on volunteers to name items from their poems. Ask students to independently use invented spelling to write the name of this item on their whiteboards. Ask students to hold up their whiteboards after writing so that you can check their use of invented spelling.
(10 minutes)
  • Call students to the rug for author’s chair (a sharing technique where students sit in a chair before the group to share their story).
  • Using either popsicle sticks to pull students’ names or by taking volunteers, give at least five students the opportunity to share their poems aloud.
  • After each student is done reading, encourage other students to provide positive feedback by raising their hands to share something that they liked.

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