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Thankful Feast in 3rd Grade

Ms. Erica Vassos, 3rd Grade Teacher

This trimester, the third graders have been working on their creative writing skills. We call this type of writing “sensory writing” because students use their 5 senses.

This trimester, the third graders have been working on their creative writing skills. We call this type of writing “sensory writing” because students use their 5 senses.

This unit began with the reading of a story about a young boy who is blind. This boy has to use his other senses to describe where he is. Throughout the book we stop and discuss the descriptive language that is used and how it helps the reader to create a movie in his or her mind.

Next, students were tasked with a writing assignment where they had to write about a place that they know and love. They had to describe this place using their 5 senses, but they could not say the name of where they were writing about.

Next, we became marketing experts at a popcorn company, The Popcorn Academy. We ate some of our product and then discussed how it looked, tasted, smelled, felt, and what it sounded like. Next, students create advertisements for our company. The advertisements had to include descriptive language that would make a person want to buy our popcorn.

Now that we had our brains thinking about food, it was time to discuss the ultimate eating holiday, Thanksgiving. Every person has their favorite food on the Thanksgiving table. It is the one that he or she dreams about and it is the first thing that is put on their plate. Students were tasked with choosing their favorite Thanksgiving food and writing an acrostic poem about it. They had to use their 5 senses to come up with each line.

Then, students had to create their food out of only construction paper. They came up with some pretty creative designs! Descriptive writing helps bring writing to life. It allows the reader to immerse themselves in the story and to feel like they are really there. We hope that our poems help to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit!