Teach your students how to add color to their writing with our engaging Adjectives (4th-6th Grade) Lesson Plan. This lesson builds on understanding of nouns, verbs, etc and guides students in how to accurately identify adjectives in text, correctly and independently use adjectives in writing, and order the adjectives in a conventional pattern.
Sample Classroom Procedure/Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Since this lesson covers a range from 4th-6th grade, you may need to introduce, briefly review, or extensively review other parts of speech before introducing adjectives.
- After review of nouns, verbs, etc., bring your class to the carpet and have them complete some instructions such as “Stand next to the wooden bookcase. Sit on the fuzzy carpet. Stand next to a classmate with a blue shirt. Everyone give me a gorgeous smile. Everyone make a silly face.” You may add others or change to fit your class environment/students. However, make sure you emphasize all the adjective words.
- Ask students if they know what an adjective is. Take volunteer responses, but clarify if needed, that adjectives are words that describe how a noun looks or acts. State “There are boys and girls in our class. The noun we will use are boys and girls.” Ask for volunteers to use a word that describes the students. State “Only positive examples should be given, such as ‘There are so many smart boys and girls in our class.’ What is the adjective in the example? Smart. It describes the boys and girls.” Have students volunteer to come up with at least three other examples.
- Teach this tip, “To check if a word is being used as a adjective, ask yourself “Does it describe a person, place, thing, or idea? Does it give a detail about a noun?” Introduce Addy Adjective- she ADDS information to nouns- (example illustration below) as the subject for sentences. Now say, “For example, imagine Addy Adjective is wearing a dress. The noun is dress. What kind of dress?” Take a volunteer who might supply the words pretty, a color, soft, sparkly, etc. Whatever word is used, if it is appropriate, classify as the adjective. Addy is wearing a green dress. Green is the adjective. Addy is wearing a shiny dress, shiny is the adjective.” Write the adjectives examples with the illustration if you choose to use it, or add to the anchor chart you create yourself.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1.D
Class Sessions (30-45 minutes): 2-3 class sessions, depending on ability level of students and amount of time allowed for student discussion, explanation, clarification, review, etc
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