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Adjective Activities for 1st-3rd Grade

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning the parts of speech can be an exciting way for students to understand how to work creatively and flexibly with language. This lesson gives you some ideas for activities that introduce first, second and third graders to adjectives.

Why Adjectives Matter

As teachers in the early elementary grades, we are tasked with the important job of introducing children to literacy. This means, in many cases, teaching them not only how to read but how to play with language in ways that can be fun, flexible and meaningful. Helping children understand different parts of speech is one way to guide them toward literacy.

In particular, it can be important to teach children about adjectives. When children understand how to speak with adjectives, they can express their opinions more clearly, confidently and definitively. When they can identify adjectives in reading, they are better equipped to develop strong comprehension and infer authorial intent. Children who can write with adjectives have descriptive, clear and often even poetic writing.

The activities in this lesson will help you introduce students in first, second and third grade to adjectives as well as help them practice incorporating adjectives into their literacy.

Speaking Activities

Some activities involving adjectives are best conducted in spoken language. These activities help children understand and use adjectives in casual and academic conversations.

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