School is exciting today! My classmates are friendly! Candy is sweet! This lesson plan is going to be fun!
Adjectives make life so much more expressive! We’re probably already using adjectives without realizing them — when we describe a person, place, or thing.
Activity 1: Twinkle Trails Episode 17 — Adjective Lab
Turn to your friend beside you. Now describe your friend.
If you’ve said something along these lines:
- My friend has brown eyes.
- My friend is tall.
- My friend is caring.
- (The list of ways you can describe is endless!)
You’re on the right track! You are using adjectives to describe the qualities that your friend has.
Adjectives are fun — but do we need them?
Let’s imagine that you have two friends, one with blue eyes and another, with green eyes. One of them gives you a piece of candy!
When you tell your parents about the nice friend who gave you the candy, you would have to describe your friend. This is where adjectives come in handy.
Adjectives are words and phrases that help us describe places, people, and things in specific ways.
Twinkle Trails: Adjective Lab
Miss Twinkle and class are back in school and they’ve cooked up another funky tune to sing along to! Enjoy!
Activity 2: Draw It Out
Take two cubes (or make them).
- Fill one cube with adjectives — happy, huge, pink, sharp, smelly, furry, etc.
- Fill the other with nouns — cow, teacher, chair, tree, cup, mouse, etc.
- Roll the dice and draw out what you land on!
You can use big dice and roll them as a class — or the children can roll their individual dice and create their own combinations of creative phrases!
If you’re planning to make dice for your kids, here’s a simple tutorial for that!
Alternatively, you could write down adjectives and nouns on pieces of paper, and drop them into two separate containers for the children to pick out of.
Activity 3: Show & Tell
Let’s turn this lesson into a presentation! Encourage your class to bring an object of their choosing to school (or ask them to bring their favourite toy to school).
For the presentation, have the children prepare two to three sentences to describe their object to their peers.
For older children, we can make the activity a little more challenging. Instead of bringing to class something they already have, the kids can exercise their imagination and come up with something entirely new!
Ask the children to invent something — a clock that you can use to make calls, a computer you can download food from, anything! When they come back to school, the children can tell the class all about how their invention works, what it looks like, how it feels, and much more. Essentially, the children will describe their invention to the best of their ability!
Activity 4: Let’s Explore!
Everything around us can be described using adjectives in some way. One way to have instant fun is to work with what we already have! Look around your classroom and send your children on an adventure through the different colours and textures!
A challenge like “I spy with my eye something soft/blue/square” will help children associate the adjective with the sensory experience, and send them on a hunt for soft/blue/square items around the classroom!
For more fun, hide “treasure” around your classroom for the little ones to find!
Bonus Adjective Activities
Here are just a few of the worksheets that we have found and loved. These activities really could be segments on their own.
- Adjective Monster (teacherspayteachers) — drawing and describing
- Worksheet (The Happy Teacher) — colouring and describing
- Show & Tell (The Happy Teacher) — describing and guessing
- Anchor Chart (campingoutinsecond) — fill-in-the-blank
What words will you use to describe this lesson? Interesting? Boring? Enjoyable? Whatever it is, let us know!
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