The following activity can be done independently, but is even more fun when done in groups. Tell your students to trace their hand and to label each finger (over the finger, not inside) with a sense: see, hear, feel, taste and smell. Now, have the group brainstorm a place/moment. They need to shut their eyes and imagine the place. Now, they can fill in the information inside the pictures. Next, have each student practice turning the 5 senses hand into a paragraph. The next step can involve drawing the setting on a piece of construction paper to generate even more ideas (details.)
Finally, we are really ready to write. Students can now write a paragraph on the construction paper.