Adjective Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

There are many adjectives that students must learn. Anything we can do to make this easier for them is worthwhile. So why not try a few of these adjective games and activities?

Adjective Games and Activities

The English language contains an extraordinary number of adjectives, words used to describe a noun. Many adjectives describe essentially the same thing with subtly different connotations. Our students need to learn many adjectives and be able to use them competently, which can be a difficult skill to master. We can help students learn more adjectives and practice using them with a few games and activities. Check out some of these ideas.

Adjective Improv

The classic adjective game is a variation on the game of charades played in small groups.


A deck of index cards with an adjective written on each one


  • Tell the students to take turns choosing a card from the deck.
  • During their turns, they must act out the adjective and try to get their group-mates to guess it correctly.

This game can be played without points, with a group simply doing their own practice and enjoying themselves in the process.

Alternatively, you can score the game by having two teams face off against each other. Each adjective that a group correctly guesses scores them a point. The team with the most points after the time is up wins the game.

Adjective Synonyms Game

There are many adjectives that have similar meanings, or synonyms. Students can practice learning these playing the synonyms game in pairs.


A deck of index cards with an adjective written on each one


  • Tell the student pairs to take turns choosing a card from the deck.
  • Each student thinks of a synonym for the adjective and says it.
  • The pairs take turns until someone can no longer think of a synonym.


  • For each word, when one player cannot think of a synonym, the other player gains a point.
  • The pair continues through the deck until time runs out, and the student with the most points wins.

Kind Words

This game not only helps teach children about adjectives, but it also encourages people to say kind things about one another.


A deck of index cards with a kind adjective written on each one. Some of these adjectives can be simple: 'positive,' 'kind,' 'friendly,' etc. Others can be more complex: 'decisive,' 'ambitious,' 'idealistic,' etc.

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