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Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts

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Creating a Feast for the Senses With Mentor Texts

Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Mya Mikkelsen

Mya Mikkelsen

Saint Joseph, Missouri


International Literacy Association


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Students practice writing detailed, sensory-rich descriptions by framing a small piece of nature and freewriting about it. From this minilesson, students can develop a variety of types of writing.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Make a Splash! Using Dramatic Experience to “Explode the Moment”

Students will have a blast as they use descriptive language to write about an “explosive” and dramatic moment in their lives.


Grades   1 – 3  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses

Students write theme poems in a flash using the picture book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham and the online, interactive Theme Poems tool.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom

Katie Wood Ray explains in practical terms the theoretical underpinnings of how elementary and middle school students learn to write from their reading.


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Grades   2 – 4  |  Activity & Project

Confection Connection: Using Sensory Details in Writing

Get children excited about writing and descriptive language by creating yummy descriptions of their favorite candy.


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