This five senses ESL activity is perfect for helping students work on their vocabulary skills. It can easily be done through writing or speaking. Either way, it’s a fun activity to try out and it can be done over and over again with different objects throughout the course of a semester. Challenge your students to expand their descriptive vocabulary with this 5 senses activity.
5 Senses Activity
Skills: Writing (or speaking)
Time: 5 minutes/round
Materials Required: An object(s)
This activity is a fun way to help students work on descriptive writing (or speaking). Bring in an object to class like a piece of chocolate or a carrot. It should be something that you can eat in order to do the “taste” sense.
In groups, students have to write down a few descriptive words for each sense (see, smell, feel, hear, taste). Obviously, “hear” will not be easy for a carrot, but you could tell students to think about what happens when you snap a carrot in half.
When the time is up, each group can share 2-3 of their most interesting words with the class. You can also do this activity with another object if you wish. It works well as a daily warm-up in a writing class if you bring in something different each day.
Procedure for this Five Senses Activity:
- Bring an object to class that you can eat or drink.
- Put students into small groups and they have to think of a few words for each of the senses related to that object (see, smell, feel, hear, taste).
- At the end of the allotted time, each group can share a few of their most interesting words with the class.
- Do another round with a different object if you’d like. Or, make it a regular warmer activity.
Teaching Tip for 5 Senses
You may prefer to have students do this individually, especially if working on writing. In the past, I’ve had students do this activity a couple of times in groups so that they can get the hang of it and then, later on, do this as a solo writing activity.
Another thing to consider is whether or not to allow students to use dictionaries or their cell-phone to look up words. In general, I ask students to do this activity without them. The reasoning behind this is that it replicates real life as well as testing situations. You usually can’t stop what you’re doing to keep looking up words you can’t remember!
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I love this idea to use as a writing warmer in my classes. Thank you.