Possessive Adjective Activities for Elementary School

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

The number of grammar terms elementary school students must learn may seem daunting, but they don't have to be. This lesson provides teachers with fun and engaging possessive adjective activities for use in an elementary classroom setting.

Possessive Adjectives - Easy to Understand

Chances are that when you introduce possessive adjectives to your students you may get a few eye rolls. But once you explain what possessive adjectives actually are, you're students are likely to feel relieved because they already know them. Before using the other activities in this lesson, a quick review activity of possessive adjectives can help your learners be better prepared.

To begin, write the following words on the blackboard:

  • My
  • Your
  • His
  • Her
  • Its
  • Our
  • Their

Next, ask the class for some examples of how these words are used. Hopefully, your students will offer up sample sentences that show possession. After a few students have spoken up, title the word list 'Possessive Adjectives', and write the definition and examples below.

Possessive adjectives are used to show possession. Possessive adjectives modify the noun that comes after it. For example:

  • That is my (possessive adj.) coat (noun).
  • Where is your (possessive adj.) homework?
  • This is our (possessive adj.) classroom (noun).

If you feel it's appropriate and won't confuse your learners, you may want to point out the difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns.

Possessive adjectives modify the noun. (my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their)

  • That is her (possessive adj.) cat (noun).

Possessive pronouns are the subject of the verb. (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they)

  • She (possessive pronoun) is (verb) the owner of that cat.

Possess My Adjective

This simple activity is a great way to introduce possessive adjectives to your students using everyday statements.

Ask for three volunteers to bring a personal item to the front of the room, like a pencil case, folder, lunchbox, etc. Ask the first volunteer to describe his or her item and the items each of the other volunteers are holding. For example:

  • This is my folder.
  • That is his pencil case.
  • That is her lunchbox.

Next, ask the second and third volunteers to do the same. Continue the activity by asking for new volunteers to come up in different combinations, such as two students or three students sharing the same item. You can also vary the activity by asking questions for students to answer, such as 'whose pencil case is this?'

From Pronoun to Adjective

In this group activity, your students will be challenged to change a sentence containing a possessive pronoun to a sentence containing a possessive adjective, without significantly altering the meaning of the sentence.

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