Thursday, October 23, 2014

Five Senses and Fall

Fall is a perfect time of the year for children to learn about the 5 senses.  Children can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste all of the changes that occur during the fall.  Fall is also the perfect time for children to write and record information about their 5 senses.

Before young children can write about fall, they need to have rich experiences with the changes that occur in the fall.  They need to have conversations about fall.  They need to express their thoughts orally before they write too.

How can they experience it? We use our five senses all of the time during the fall. We taste the different types of apples.  We see the leaves change colors.  We touch pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.  We smell apple cider and pumpkin pie.  We hear the leaves crunch beneath our feet and geese flying overhead.

During the fall, I like to take my children on nature walks around the school.  We carry our writer's notebooks and jot down thoughts and draw pictures about our walk.  We take time to look. We take time to listen.  Some children will walk and write or draw quick sketches. Some children will sit down outside and write.  Some do both. When we come back into the classroom, I give them opportunities to finish their thoughts as we share and discuss with our friends. We then come together as a group and make a list or anchor chart of our experiences.  We turn and talk to our friends again.  Did they notice the same thing?  Did they see or hear something different?

All of these experiences help young children become writers.  We then make a 5 senses chart labeling our Five Senses and what we can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste during autumn.  This anchor chart and the children's notebooks provide experiences that will prepare them for writing.  Our anchor chart grows over the period of a couple of weeks.  Vocabulary takes time to build.  Writers need time to write.  I love to look at their first attempts and then compare them to their writing after we've had more experiences and conversations about autumn.  The growth is amazing.

Here is a sample of my new mini-video that I just completed.  The song is titled "It's Time for Fall" and is a predictable text song that covers all of the changes that occur during the fall. You can read more about it HERE.

I made a book for your children to use as they write about their five senses and fall.  It comes in 3 different versions depending on the age and developmental writing level of your children.   

CLICK HERE to download your free printable books.

You can encourage young children to become writers by helping them have experiences to write about, conversations to build their vocabulary, and opportunities to express their thoughts in both pictures and in words.  When children uses their 5 senses, they become more empowered to use vocabulary and make connections to their writing.  And autumn is the perfect season to use our five senses to connect to writing.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your blog is absolutely adorable! I'm lesson planning for fall ideas. Glad I found you. :-)

    1. Thank you Tiffany! You made my night and weekend :) Thanks for visiting my blog.