Yesterday I gave every student had a different piece of metamorphosis art created by Maria Merian. I had them observe their own silently for a few minutes.
I then used a QUEST book to provide questions and had them each share their responses with a partner. At one point I gave them one minute to talk before they had to switch turns.
They had to use as many of our target vocabulary words as they could that "worked" with the painting.
When the timer went off, they said, "That went too fast!"