You may recall my lesson on Sandwich Making. Well, that did not fill up an entire hour with my lovely 8th graders.
After we calmed down from making sandwiches I told them they were going to be aliens from another planet. Being aliens from another planet they have no idea about the type of things we have on Earth. I told them I was going to give them something and they would have to write out (in a short paragraph) what it looked like.
So I gave them each a Hershey Chocolate Kiss. I told them they weren't allowed to use any of those 3 words "Hershey" or "Chocolate" or "Kiss" in their writing.
A lot of them described it as a volcano.
Then we moved onto "feels like" they were not allowed to unwrap the chocolate yet.
Then at sounds like they dropped it on their desks a few times and then I let them unwrap it and listen to what it sounded like.
Then smells like and finally tastes like.
My room was SO quiet.
After every short paragraph I had a few students share what they had written.
This lesson (part 1 and 2) would go over great with my grade 4's (but I don't teach them ELA) so definitely use it at other grade levels!
Also, just as a heads up. One of my students was out of the room when I passed out the chocolates. When he came back and saw what everyone had he definitely said "Miss Pener can I have a kiss?". It was hilarious and the class made fun of him (it was okay, he could handle it). But if the word spread that my student asked me for a kiss it may have gotten out of hand. I was sure to tell him "yes, you may have a CHOCOLATE kiss"