Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Parts of speech can be tricky for kids, esp when they have so many to learn!  We are pretty secure with our learning of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and proper nouns but man, did it take a bit!  Just when you think they have it, you throw another part into the mix and they get even more confused!  We use a variety of resources for parts of speech.  I try to mix things up and keep it fresh!  We've had Lori's Fun With Parts of Speech cards up all year, so the kids have at least seen adjectives.

When introducing adjectives, I do a fun lollipop activity that grabs kids' attention.  I think that it's easier to introduce adjectives with something concrete and then go into adjectives that describe people later.  I read the book parts of the book, Many Luscious Lollipops  by Helen Lester.  It goes into more detail than I really need for an introduction, which is why I skip a lot of it.

After reading the book, we each got a lollipop!  I told the kids to think about the way the lollipop is going to taste.  I also asked them to think of words to describe it.  As they were eating them, they were telling others at their table adjectives.  We then brainstormed a list of words to describe our pops and the kids wrote theirs on this free half-sheet.  

We busted out the markers...learning is SO much more fun when markers are involved, right?!  We colored a lollipop {click here to grab it!}, added a craft stick, and had an instant art project!  Who knew adjectives could be so tasty!?

Later in the week as we continued our study of these this tricky part of speech, we talked about adjectives that describe people.  We made a huge list on chart paper and let me tell you--THE KIDS came up with every.single.adjective.  I was seriously blown away.

Once we had our list, we used Lori's free Words That Describe Me web and the kids chose adjectives that describe themselves to put on their webs.

They then wrote about themselves {again with Lori's free paper} using the adjectives from their webs!  They seriously did awesome!!!!  All the Writing Workshop skills that I've taught them thus far have paid off!

Lori also has a great SCOOT game for adjectives.  We did this together on my document cam because not all of my kids can read the words independently.

We'll also be doing these word searches sometime soon!  My kids love a good word search!

Gotcha, Lori! {wink, wink!}


Lori Rosenberg said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow! I sure am feeling special right now! Thanks so much for all the awesome shout outs! Looks like your students are doing a great job!
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Sarah Sterkin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for sharing!!! I love all of this!

little scoop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am so excited to do this with my kiddos next week!! They will love the lollipops! I was putting together a sample and was unable to fit the printables you shared on an 8.5" x 11". I am wondering, what size construction paper did you use?

Kelly Syler said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am a student teacher and my CT wanted me to do a lesson on adjectives. I am going to try this next week! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea.

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