This was a lesson that I created and implemented in my 2nd grade Spanish bilingual clinical placement in college. It is a fun, hands-on, exploratory lesson based on using the five senses in word choice. This is a great lesson for ESL students and monolingual students both.
The lesson begins with an exploration of the five senses in small groups with items that you bring into the classroom (including M&M's or other small, tasty candies!) Then a read aloud of Pam Muñoz Ryan's Hello Ocean to explore the five senses related to the ocean and provide a mentor text for a later writing.
Next, using the gradual release of responsibility, students will brainstorm words and phrases related to a personal experience onto a five senses chart in preparation for a personal narrative. The next step is a short writing prompt that mimics Pam Muñoz Ryan's writing style in the book.
I had students at varying levels in my classroom, as I'm sure you do to, so I also created some of these documents with more scaffolding for those students that needed it.
These are all word documents in the .zip file, so they are fully editable! Please let me know if you have any questions!!
Included in the .zip file are all of the word documents you will need for this lesson, including: my original lesson plan along with special notes in blue, the five senses chart, two versions of the writing prompt, and pictures of a camping trip I took that I shared with my class during the modeled brainstorming activity.
I also included some samples of the five senses charts that my students filled out.
This is a .zip file. You will need a program that can unzip these files to use them. Winzip and 7zip are some free options if you do not currently have a program that will unzip files.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.