Adjective Order


The lesson briefly reviews adjectives, but its focus is on the proper placement of adjectives as they are used in sentences.  There is not one, fixed order, but there is a preferred order of adjectives for effective communication.  The students should already understand the basics of adjectives and their purpose prior to this lesson, or the lesson could be used in conjunction with other lessons related to adjectives.

Adjective Order Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Adjective passages and copies of worksheets
  • Activity pages (2) about Adjective Order
  • Practice page on Adjective Order
  • Homework page
  • Answer Key
  • Common Core Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-5 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson focuses on proper placement of adjectives when they are used in a sentence.  Adjectives are briefly reviewed at the beginning of the lesson. Ten types of adjectives are listed and examples are given of how each of these adjectives is used in a sentence.  The list is presented in the order in which adjectives should be used in a sentence. Several examples are given so the teacher can work on correcting the adjective order in sentences along with the students.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to adjectives or grammar.

Sample Classroom Procedure/Teacher Resources:  

  1. Display the following sentence: The American, young, small boy wore a white, round, striped hat to school. Ask: What is wrong with the sentence?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to correct the sentence, either by reading it aloud or rewriting it.  Introduce Adjective Order.
  3. Distribute Adjective Order content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Students create 12 sentences using each of the adjectives in correct order.  No more than 2 or 3 adjectives per sentence may be used.  Allow students time to complete the sentences.
  5. Once completed, students share sentences with the class. Other students correct errors which may be heard as the sentences are read aloud.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Students share their pneumonic device for remembering the preferred adjective order.
  8. In closing, ask students: Though, it is unusual to use more than 3 or 4 adjectives in a sentence, write a sentence describing yourself using each adjective type in order.  (Sentence could be as simple as “I am a …boy/girl.”)
  9. Allow students time to create a sentence using each adjective type in their preferred order. Student volunteers then share the sentences with the rest of the class.

Common Core State Standards:


None for Grades 3 or 5

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Language Arts

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