Key Experience: The Adjective
You will need
- A Black pen, light blue pen and dark blue pen
- Small cut up pieces of paper
- A prewritten caption that says 'adjective'
- Three objects all of a different colour e.g. three different coloured pencils, three different coloured flowers
Key Experiences are ways of sparking the imagination of the child. They are given to new or younger children or as ways to bring life back to a curriculum area.
1) Gather students
2) Say: 'Today we are going to learn about some types of words. We have already learned about articles and nouns. Can you remind me what they are?'
3) Today we are going to do a language activity with these (point to the objects e.g. pencils/flowers). Arrange the 3 different colored objects in front of you
4) Write 'the pencil' on a piece of paper. Write the in light blue and pencil in black. Read it out loud ( a child could do this)
5) Say: 'Please get me the pencil' when the child gives you the pencil decline it. Ask them again for a pencil again decline it.
6) Ask them why they could be getting the wrong pencil. Indicate that yes you need to give another word or more information
7) Rip the piece of paper into two pieces so you now have one piece that says 'the' and another piece of paper that says 'pencil'
8) Write a 'color' word on a piece of paper that correlates with one of the objects in front of you e.g. green
9) Now insert the word green in between the words the and pencil. Ask the student to get you the green pencil. Place the pencil beside the labels.
10) Say: 'This colour word is called an adjective it is a describing word.' Present the written word adjective.
11) What are some other adjectives I could use to describe these pencils? e.g. yellow, red, short, long. Dependent on the students you may wish to write these down in dark blue to underline to the students these too are adjectives.
The cover photo with the description of an adjective can be downloaded as part of this set