Who else thinks it’s weird that Valentines Day falls on a Monday? Mondays are the worst day for having a party, but a Valentines Day party we must have! But because of the craze snow week that we had 2 weeks ago, I simply cannot afford to loose an afternoon of instruction, so today we did my favorite kind of instruction, tricking them into learning! Wahahahaha!
This is a fun little writing project that the kids enjoy and actually will learn from..and it goes perfectly with Valentines Day! (But I have taught it at all different times of year!)
To begin with you will need to have some materials:
- A Hershey Kiss for every student (plus some extra for you!)
- Tin foil (I get the precut sheets, everyone has the same size and none of those scary serrated edges!)
- Hershey Kiss Template printed on cardstock
- Delicious Descriptions activity sheet.
So here is the story that goes along with this lesson. “You are an alien who has landed here on earth on Valentines Day. You discover a strange object that you have never seen before. Now you must describe this object, but you cannot use its name, because you do not know it.” (Oh, even better, play some creepy, twilight zone music in the background while you tell them this!)
- Start handing every child a kiss–which we will call a UFO (Unidentified Foreign Object). The first step is that they must describe how it LOOKS. They may NOT touch it, they can only look at it.
- Now they can pick it up and touch it. They must describe how it FEELS.
- Next, make everyone become absolutely silent, and let them open the UFO. Describe how it SOUNDS.
- You really have the tension built now, they are itching to eat it…but first, they must take a deep whiff and describe how it SMELLS. Here is where it gets really tricky, they can’t use the word “chocolate” in any form. They have to try to describe it in other terms.
- Finally, tell them to eat the UFO and describe how it TASTES. (Again they can’t use the word chocolate!)
I use tape to avoid the glue mess. Now they are to write their descriptions on their kiss–in the past I have had them go to the computer lab and type them up, but this year we just wrote them out on cards and they attached them to their kiss. Their name is written in blue on the Hershey flag, and wha-la! You have a cute Delicious Descriptions Bulletin Board, the kids got to eat a treat…and practice their sensory writing! Now it’s time to exchange Valentines!