Adjectives Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:00 What Are Adjectives?
  • 0:47 Adjectives Describe Nouns
  • 1:49 What Adjectives to Use
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Instructor: Jeremy Cook

I have been teaching elementary school for 16 years. I have extensive experience in lesson and curriculum development and educational technology.

How would you describe yourself? Would you say you are smart or funny? Is your room messy or neat? Whenever you describe something, you use adjectives. This lesson will teach you what adjectives are and how to use them.

What Are Adjectives?

Adjectives are words that are used to describe nouns. Remember that a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.

Whenever we are speaking or writing, we want to be as descriptive as possible. Being descriptive helps the reader or listener get a better idea about what you are trying to describe. You want your audience to get the clearest picture of what you are describing.

If I say 'I saw a dog,' what picture do you see in your head? Depending on your experience, you may see a spotted dog, a small black dog or a gray shaggy one. I didn't provide you enough adjectives to give you a clear picture.

Now, if I say 'I saw a big, wet, sad, shaggy, black and white dog,' do you get a better picture in your head? Of course you do, because I used adjectives to make it clearer.

Adjectives Describe Nouns

Do you know your five senses? They are sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. If you think about those five senses when you are describing a noun, you will be thinking of adjectives.

You can use your senses to come up with better ways to describe things. Let's take an apple for example. How do apples look? Apples can be round and red. How do apples feel? Apples can be smooth, slippery, shiny, cold, hard, bumpy, or waxy. They can taste sweet or sour, and they can smell fruity or earthy.

All those words used to describe an apple are adjectives, and they all give you a clearer picture of the apple you want your audience to see. Some apples are smooth and red, while others are green and rough. If you don't make that clear, your audience will not get the picture in their minds of what you want them to see.

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