Teaching Adjectives — lesson ideas

This year, one of the goals was to get my kindergarten and 1st grade students to use adjectives to describe familiar objects or characters.  In the fall, I tried being the crazy adjective lady.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, but it didn’t translate well to my 1st grade class… they just thought I was crazy.  Oh well.  At any rate, this Spring, I used this lesson that also incorporated our previous learning goals — identifying characters in a story and using an idea web to organize thoughts.

Hook/Open: I play “I’m thinking of …”  I start off with “a student” and see if they can guess who I’m thinking of. I keep adding details (adding adjectives) until they guess.  This gets us started on the importance of words that describe nouns.

I also introduce the Montessori Symbol for Adjectives.  Note: The students have already had nouns and verbs at this point, so they are used to the symbols.  I bring out the noun and adjective shapes to show two different ways of phrasing nouns and adjectives: adj.+noun or The ____ is ______.  Later on in the lesson, I use these symbols with text on the board.  I will also pass out the student shapes for kinesthetic comprehension checks. 

Explain: I use Alien Adjectives from Promethean Planet on my Promethean Board (will work on any computer with Active Inspire software).  There are sentences at the end.  I will have volunteers draw the symbol underneath the adjectives in the sentences.

Group Comprehension Check: Students are given a flashcard with a picture and a word.  The flashcard is either a verb or an adjective.  They have to go to the side of the room (adjective/ not adjective) according to their card.  Students have to share their word to sit back down.  When the adjective group shares their adjective, I ask a non-adjective student what kind of adjective the other student has: color, shape, size, sound, feeling.

Relate to Literacy: We gather on the reading carpet for “The Boogie Woogie Man” by Megan Sanders.

Reading Comprehension and Group work: Using the monster venn diagram, we describe the monster using adjectives.

Independent Work: Students get their own venn diagram to create and describe a monster.  They can then either color their monster or get a blank paper to draw their own.

Closure: After reviewing/sharing our work, the kids enjoy these videos about Boogie Woogie Music and Tap Dancing.

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About Katiehttps://thoughtsong.wordpress.comI like to dabble in writing out thoughts on scripture and life events.  Music, to me, is a dear friend, the structure that organizes my thoughts, and the feelings of my heart. Most of my time, however, is spent Teaching and Homemaking (especially trying to create hygge and live as a gluten-free baker). Take all these things away and I still have my true identity: I'm a sinner saved by grace and who dearly loves the Savior who first loved her. And that's really all that matters.

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