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Confection Connection: Using Sensory Details in Writing

 

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Confection Connection: Using Sensory Details in Writing

Grades 2 – 4
Activity Time 60­ to 90 minutes (can be done over two 45-minute sessions)
Activity Author

Deb Hamilton

Monett, Missouri

 
Publisher International Reading Association
 

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Activity Description

What does your favorite candy smell like? How does it feel in your hand? What color is it? What sound does it make when you bite it? In this activity, children use two pieces of candy to explore descriptive writing. One piece is used as a hands-on aid to complete a sensory graphic organizer. This information is used to help children write a descriptive paragraph about the candy. When done, children give their writing piece and the second piece of candy to a friend to read and eat!

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Why This Is Helpful

When asked to describe something, most children simply talk about what it looks like. In this activity, children learn to go beyond just looking at a subject. They use writing to create a picture that includes other senses such as taste, smell, and hearing. This helps children expand their vocabularies and use similes and metaphors. It also encourages reluctant writers to get excited about putting pen to paper.

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