Possessive Adjectives Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan teaches students to identify and use possessive adjectives. The plan includes group and individual work, a game, and a writing assignment.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • define the term ''possessive adjective''
  • identify possessive adjectives in a sentence
  • use possessive adjectives correctly


  • Approximately 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.


  • Copies of text lesson What is a Possessive Adjective? - Definition & Examples and associated quiz
  • Index cards containing sentences without adjectives (such as ''The cat walked past the house.'')
  • A seven-sided die, each side labelled with one of seven possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their), or seven Popsicle sticks, each displaying one possessive adjective and all placed in a cup
  • Copies of four different articles or short stories that contain multiple possessive adjectives
  • Copies of a paragraph containing possessive statements; for example:
    • Susie ran down the hall carrying the ball she owned. As she turned the corner, she ran into Harrison, who dropped a tray full of marbles that he received for his birthday. Marbles went everywhere. Mrs. Jones walked past and said, ''Clean up the mess you made!''


  • Adjective review: Put students in pairs and give each group an index card containing a sentence without any adjectives. Each pair should rewrite the sentence using adjectives. Then, each pair shares both their original sentence and their new sentence while classmates listen and identify the adjectives used in the new sentences.
  • Distribute copies of the text lesson What is a Possessive Adjective? - Definition & Examples.
  • In small groups, students should read the lesson, highlighting key points.
  • When they are finished, discuss:
    • What does the word ''possessive'' mean?
    • What kind of word will a possessive adjective describe?
    • If an adjective is possessive, what information does it give you about the noun it describes?
    • How can you tell if a possessive word is an adjective or a pronoun?
  • Give students the quiz to check for understanding.


Possessive Adjective Practice

  • Seat students in a circle.
  • The first student should roll the seven-sided adjective die (or pull a Popsicle stick) and read the possessive adjective, then use it in a sentence.
  • Repeat until all students have had a turn.

Possessive Adjective Hunt

  • This activity uses copies of the four different articles or short stories containing possessive adjectives. Give each student one article/short story.
  • Students should read their article/story and highlight all the possessive adjectives.
  • Students should exchange their highlighted article/story with a classmate who read a different article and check their work.

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