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    By Jan

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    I teach 2nd grade and just taught these lessons this week. The first idea I used as intro -using an observation chart. I put the kids in groups and placed a plate with one potato chip for each group. One group had to write all the words or phrases they could think of about what they saw. The next group had to write about what they could hear(Smashed chips!) The next group had to tell how it smelled and the last group had to tell how it felt. We wrote all their thoughts on a chart. I threw those chips away then past our chips to taste. Each group had to think of how it tasted. We then made sentences. I wrote a main idea sentence and their sentences were details. They loved the eating and the words were very descriptive.
    The next task was for them to brainstorm ideas on their own. They closed their eyes and thought about sitting in their backyard. They had to write down what they would see, hear, feel, and smell. We talked about taste but it was optional. They are writing their descriptive paragraphs tomorrow. From their lists of things they wrote, they should be great.

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