computer, copy of Mouse Loves School by Lauren Thompson or another grade-level book with descriptive words, index cards, printer
Observation, Descriptive lan-
guage, Adjectives, Vocabulary
1. Read Mouse Loves School by Lauren Thompson
to the class. Read each description to the class
without showing the illustrations. Encourage the
class to guess what objects are being described by
listening to the descriptive words, or adjectives.
Reveal the illustrations after students have made
guesses. Discuss how adjectives create a mental
picture for readers.
2. Allow students to
we see with
naked eye. Have
students use creative
adjectives to describe these common objects.
3. Have each student use Twist to take a magnified photo of a classroom object then print the
photo. Have each student write a
sentence about his
or her photo on
an index card using
4. Place the cards
and photos in
random order in a
Have groups of
together to match
the photos to the
5. Collect student sentences. Assess the sentences
using the attached rubric. Download students'
work to your computer and include it in students'
digital portfolios or upload to your website to
share with families.
6. Assign a student group to each season. Have students
take photos with Twist of objects that are
characteristic of each season, print the photos,
and write descriptive sentences for each photo.
Thompson, Lauren (2011). Mouse Loves School. Simon Spotlight.