Graphic Organizer Activity

senses graphic organizerI CAN ALMOST TASTE IT!

Post a mouthwatering writing topic, such as “Describe a delicious new doughnut that pastry shops should sell at this time of year.” Have each child complete a two-minute quick write on the topic. Ask one or two students each to share their quick writes with the class. Discuss whether adding sensory details to the examples would make the described treats easier to visualize. Next, provide each student with a copy of the graphic organizer. Have the student record on the organizer specific details he can incorporate into his writing as he revises and edits his description. If desired, have each child trim his organizer and use various craft materials to decorate it to represent the food he described. Then post the cutouts on a display next to their tasty descriptions.

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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