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Sensory Details

Use Kidspiration as a tool to help your students make observations and use sensory details in their writing.


  • Students will write observations.
  • Students will use sensory details in their writing pieces.


  • Take the children to an area of the school in which most or all of the senses can be used, such as the cafeteria, a garden, the playground, etc.
  • In Kidspiration, open a new document and drag over symbols from the library that represent the senses. (The symbols can be found under "Science.")
  • Have them use their senses to observe their surroundings and write specific, descriptive details to describe them under the appropriate clipping.
  • The students can use their web to write a story.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.B.1.1.1
  • LA.B.2.1.2
  • LA.D.2.1.1
  • VA.B.1.1.2

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
  • Use developmentally appropriate multimedia resources (e.g., interactive books, educational software, elementary multimedia encyclopedias) to support learning.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.


  • Kidspiration
  • iMovie


  • Do the same lesson on or after a field trip.
  • Have the students take pictures of the area and use them to create an iMovie. Have the students write their descriptions as title clips in their movies.
  • Scan items from the area the lesson was done and use them in the students' final stories.

Student Movies

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