The purpose of this exercise is to give students practice working with details and similes, as well as to reinforce the ideas of focus and development. You'll need enough good objects to have one object (placed in an opaque bag) for each group. A few of the objects should have similar
characteristics, such as a knife and scissors. Each group will get a bag
with an object in it, and they will have to describe it so that the other group
can guess what the object is based on the descriptions.
Setup for Object Lesson
Have your class divide into groups of four. One group member should
take an object from the grab bag. Tell the students not to show
their objects to the other groups. Then have them place the objects
where each member of their own groups can see them. Each group member should write a paragraph describing the object. Tell them not to
name the object if they know what it is. They should use as much
detail as possible in their descriptions, including sensory detail
about size, shape, color, weight, materials, etc. They may
want to make comparisons in their descriptions, such as
"It's the size of a _________, or the shape of a _________."
Collect the objects when they are finished, noting which group had what object.
Each group member should then exchange his/her paper
with someone in the next group. Everyone must then draw the object
based on the description they've been given.
After they have completed their drawings, pass back the
objects to the groups. Have students compare their drawings
with the objects themselves. Discuss the descriptions.
Which ones produced more "accurate" drawings and why?
Where was there good detail? What would have made descriptions better?
Time Saving Tip
To save time, instead of having them compare their papers, collect them.
Line up the objects on your desk. Then read a few of the papers and have
them guess which object it is describing.