Sensory Writing Lessons at TES

Sensory Writing Lessons at TES
Posted on 09/13/2018

Trevilians Elementary School teacher Jessica Gentry transformed her classroom into “The Jungle” on Thursday, September 13th to help students develop their writing skills!

Currently, her students are learning how to add sensory details when writing. Students were asked to describe the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches you would experience at a Louisa Lions football game.

Students were divided into teams, and earned “touchdowns” as they came up with unique terms that correctly described a Louisa Lions football game. To help students be more engaged, Gentry decked out her entire room (and doorway) with football-related gear!

“It was just one of those ideas that popped into my head and seemed like a good idea to go with,” Gentry said.”All of our students have been to a football game or watched a football game so it’s a great way to pull in some background knowledge to make it easier to add those details.”

The exercise also helped students learn how to collaborate with others and work together to achieve goals!

“We wrote a draft together. We storyboarded and drafted,” Gentry said. “And then the kids came up with the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches that they would sense while they were at the game at different parts of that story. Then, we use those details to make our writing a little more interesting and help our readers better visualize what we’re writing.”

In total, Gentry said it took her about an hour-and-a-half to decorate her room for the lesson! 

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