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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Five Senses Worksheets for English and Language Arts Classes

updated May 19, 2020

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán from Pexels

by Catharine Hannay

Over the past few weeks, I've been getting a lot of requests to access the downloadable worksheets, particularly Rainbow Walk and the five senses charts. 

So I thought it would useful to have them all in one place. I've also included a few possible writing prompts that you might want to use or adapt, depending on the age and writing ability of your students.

Worksheets and Writing Prompts

'Rainbow Walk'
Take a walk, and look for something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Then start over again at red and keep going through the rainbow. After your walk, write brief descriptions or draw little sketches of some of the things you noticed.

Click here to download: 'Rainbow Walk'

link to original post: Rainbow Walk: A Mindfulness Activity to Move the Body and Rest the Mind

Suggested Writing Prompts:

  • Write  a sentence about something you saw in each color.
For example: "I saw a red truck."

  • Write a story about what happened on your Rainbow Walk. Use as many adjectives as you can, including all of the colors.
For example: "I walked around the block. I didn't see many people, but I saw a lot of cars parked on the street. My favorite was a red pickup truck with big shiny wheels...."
OR "I walked around our apartment. I tripped over a red toy truck that my little brother left on the floor..."

'Five Senses Mindfulness Chart'
Directions: Write something you see, hear, taste, touch and smell every day for a week. Or if you like to draw, you can make little sketches instead of writing your answers.

Click here to download: 'Five Senses Mindfulness Chart'

link to original post: Noticing the Five Senses: A Daily Mindfulness Log

Suggested Writing Prompts:

  • Write ten sentences about what you saw, heard, and so on.
For example: "1. I saw a bird. 2. I heard my little sister singing..."

  •  Write a paragraph about what happened each day this week. Include something you saw, heard, etc. each day.
For example: "On Monday, I ate pizza and played Catan with my family. My fingers were greasy from the pizza, so my mom made me wash my hands..."

'Five Senses Snack Chart'
Eat a mindful snack, taking the time to notice your sensations. 

  • What do you see (color, shape, texture)?
  • What do you feel (with your fingers, on your tongue +/or inside your body)?
  • What do you hear as you open, cut, or peel, as you take a bite +/or as you chew?
  • What do you smell before, during, and after you open, cut, or peel your snack?
  • What do you taste? Is it bitter, sweet, salty, or sour? Does the taste change as you bite, chew, and swallow?

Click here to download: 'Five Senses Snack Chart'

link to original post:  Five Senses Snack: A Mindful Eating Chart

Suggested Writing Prompt:
  • Write a description of the food that you ate. Use as many adjectives as you can, including what you saw, heard, etc.
For example: "I ate a grapefruit. The skin was yellow and green, but the inside was pink. It tasted sweet and sour. I listened to myself swallowing..."

  • Please do not publish these in any public venue, including posting them on your school's or organization's website.
  • You do have permission to share them with your own students:
    • by sending them the links to download the worksheets;
    • by downloading the worksheets yourself and emailing them to your students as an attachment; or
    • by posting the worksheets on a password-protected class website, accessible only to your own students.

Download Instructions

These were created as printable docs/worksheets, not fill-in-able pdfs. If you'd like to have your students fill them in and send them to you, the worksheets need to be downloaded as 'Format: Open Office XML.' 

After you click on the name of the worksheet, for example "Five Senses Mindfulness Chart," you'll see these icons in the top right-hand corner:

Close-up view: 

Click on the downward pointing arrow: 

Then save the document to your computer as an XML document.

If you like these activities, you may also be interested in the Activities for Exploring the Five SensesAnd there are hundreds more posts here at Mindful Teachers on practicing and teaching mindfulness, compassion, and social-emotional learning.

About the Author

Catharine Hannay is the founder of and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance. (Sales of the book help me continue to run with no sponsorship or advertising.)