Lesson 8: Writing About Our Senses

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How do our senses help us to communicate information?

Facts and Definitions

  • A report is written to describe something in detail.

Skills

  • Describe properties of objects and characteristics of organisms (S)
  • Write letters of the alphabet (LA)
  • Attempt to read written text (LA)
  • Use descriptive words in speech and writing (LA)
  • Complete puzzles and logical reasoning tasks (M)
  • Compare attributes of two objects (size, color, weight, height, length, and texture) (M)

Materials

  • apple
  • colored pencils or markers
  • ice cube
  • popcorn kernels
  • tools for popping popcorn

Introduction

Materials: apple, ice cube
Show your child an apple. Ask him to describe the apple using his different senses. Review that words that describe people, places, and things are called adjectives.

Discuss the idea that when we are describing events or things, it helps to use sensing words or adjectives that appeal to the different senses. For example, if you were talking about an apple, you might say, "It is red." This would not give much information about the apple. But, you could say, "It is red, delicious, smooth, hard, crunchy, and juicy." All of these words create an image in the mind of the listener. You are using words that make them think about using their senses in relation to the apple. Repeat with this activity with an ice cube.