Why teach sensory imagery?
I think all educators would agree with the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Images that we create in our minds as we read help us to connect, comprehend, and recall what we have read. Those who do not create these images are merely reading words and not reading for meaning.
Through modeling and practice, our students can learn how to create these images as they read as well as infer other sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings that might come alive between the lines.
Materials included in this download:
5 sensory imaging poems
5 full page color photograph images
5 small color photograph images (to fit on one page)
5 sensory imaging activities to fit each poem
5 coloring/painting activities
5 worksheets for each individual sense
a ghastly winking eye origami activity
Suggestions for using these activities (grades 2 - 5):
- The teacher models the activity by reading the poem aloud in class. - - The teacher then shares his/her own sensory images.
- The teacher reads the poem aloud in class. The students then try to figure out which photo corresponds with the poem.
- The teacher reads the poem aloud to the students while the students draw a picture of the scene created by the words.
- The teacher reads the poem aloud to the students. The students then volunteer sensory image words.
- The students read the poem. When finished, they read it again and highlight words that create sensory images.
- While reading, the students add sensory words or images to the margins.
- Have students list as many sight, sound, smell, taste, and feeling words the poem evokes on the handout provided. They then draw a picture to represent one of the sensory words in each box.
- Have students read their sensory imagery words to a partner and see if the partner can guess which photo or poem goes with their partner’s description.
- Before reading the poem, show the students the photo that corresponds to the poem. Ask them to list as many sensory image words as they can from just the photo.
- Have the students make a prediction as to what might happen in the poem.