To My Senses is a Sensory Imagery Activity for Comprehension.
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:
poem as full page
photograph image as full page
sensory imagery words list activity sheet
sensory imagery “Text to Self“ activity sheet
“To My Senses” art activity sheet
“To My Senses” coloring sheet
Suggestions for using this activity (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 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 the students “partner read” the poem. Then ask, “If you had to choose one sense to live without which one would it be?” Have them explain their choice to their partner.
- Have the students “partner read” the poem. Then ask, “Which sense is the most important?” Have them explain their choice to their partner.
- 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.