FREEBIE Candy Descriptive Writing

Hello friends! Today I have a fun descriptive writing idea and freebie that you can use any time of year, but I love to present it before or right after Halloween, since it involves candy!
Whenever I add candy or food to a lesson, it's sure to be a hit! Students love it, and it is an immediate hook. I have found that students'  learning and participation increases every time I add food. (I guess I'm the same way at staff meetings when they offer candy or food!) 
For this lesson, you will need one candy for each student. I like using Hershey's Kisses. I always have a few students who don't like chocolate, so I tell them that they don't have to eat the chocolate, but they do have to participate in the lesson the class is doing. At the end I give them a different kind of candy, and if they want to go through the entire process with that candy, they can write about it instead. 
I pass out the organizer below and one Hershey's Kiss to each student. I warn them to only look at their candy, they can't touch it yet!
Together we go through each of our senses and describe what the Hershey's Kiss looks, feels, smells, sounds (the sound it makes when you unwrap it close to your ear- it's surprisingly loud) and tastes like. By this time, the anticipation to eat it drives them crazy! I write their responses on my graphic organizer using the document camera, and my students write the responses on their copies. 
Next, students create sentences for each description, then they write a descriptive paragraph detailing their candy sensory experience. I teach transition words and we discuss adjectives during this lesson as well. 
There are other ideas for comparing and contrasting two different candies and opinion writing in this pack. 
I know my students will love this lesson, and I look forward to getting some great descriptive paragraphs to read. You can find this freebie pack with complete directions hereEventually it will be part of a larger pack that you can use with any chocolate themed chapter book. 
I would love to hear your students' reactions to this lesson!


  1. This looks great! Very fun and creative! I am a little sad I cannot use it in school because we are not allowed to give our kiddos candy but I know many teachers and homeschoolers will appreciate it! Thanks for sharing it!
    Reading and Writing Redhead

    1. Oh that's no fun! Thank you for your sweet feedback! It has been a crazy week! :)

  2. I love using the 5 senses in writing! Looks like I know what I'll be having my firsties doing this week.
    Thanks sweet friend!

    The Busy Busy Hive


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