Adjectives Lesson Plans for Elementary Grade Levels

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An adjectives lesson plan for kids can be a wonderful resource for busy teachers in search of unique learning activities. Get adjective lesson plans for lower and upper elementary students along with resources to use in your classroom to teach adjectives.

Adjective Lesson Plan for Early Elementary

This lesson plan works best for 1st-2nd grade students. Students struggling with reading might need further assistance.

Lecture and Warm-Up Activity

For this warm-up, you need an object students are familiar with, like a decorative pencil with a fuzzy pom-pom or a stuffed animal.

  1. Start by defining an adjective on the board.
  2. Provide students with several examples of adjectives.
  3. Show the students the object.
  4. Have them use adjectives to describe the object.
  5. Write the words on the whiteboard.
  6. Discuss any mistakes with the students as a whole and why they are mistakes.

Adjective Activity

For this activity, you’ll need several different objects students might enjoy touching and interacting with, like stuffed animals, placed throughout the room. You’ll also need a basket full of words on cards. Some of the words should be adjectives, some should not be adjectives.

  1. Number the objects in the room.
  2. Put students into groups/pairs depending on your objects and the size of the class.
  3. Have each group start at a specific number. (You can have them choose this or assign it.)
  4. They should choose one adjective from the cards or create their own for each object.
  5. Once everyone is done, have them pick their top three objects.
  6. They should create one sentence for each object using their adjective.
  7. Allow students to read their sentences out loud and discuss.

Move around the room to guide and assist the students as needed.


Adjective Lesson Plan for Upper Elementary

Your older elementary students need a more challenging lesson plan. Use this lesson plan for your 3rd-5th graders.

Lecture and Warm-Up

Before starting the warm-up, quickly review with students what an adjective is. Give them a few examples, then dive into the warm-up.

  1. Write a plain sentence on the board. For example, “The boy ran home.”
  2. Have students work together as a class to add adjectives to the sentence.
  3. Challenge them to get creative and vivid with their additions.

For students who are struggling, break down the different parts of the sentence where it would be best to add the adjectives. Provide them with examples that create vivid images in students’ minds.

Adjective Activity

For this activity, you will need unique images, paintings or photographs from an art collection, magazine or website. You need one image for each student. Number each image and display them in front of the class.

  1. Give each student a number.
  2. Write “Who Am I?” on the board.
  3. Challenge students to use adjectives to create 5-10 riddle questions for their image.
  4. Students want to use questions that are descriptive but not obvious, so they need to dive deep into their vocabulary. For example, they might use adjectives to describe the smell of a pizza image or what you might hear in a landscape image.
  5. Allow each student to read their riddle questions, one at a time, out loud to the class.
  6. Students should try to guess after each question is read.
  7. If no one guesses correctly, have the student point out their image.
  8. Move on to the next student.

Review: What Are Adjectives?

In the English language, there are eight parts of speech, including adjectives. Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns. The purpose of an adjective is to answer questions about the noun.

  • What kind of noun is it?
  • Which noun is it?
  • How many are there?

Adjectives include words such as pretty, short, thin, quirky, zany, happy, intelligent, round, red, and shiny.

Adjectives vs. Adverbs

It is common for adjectives to be confused with adverbs in sentences by people who are unfamiliar with English grammar. However, this error can be avoided if you remember that many adverbs are formed by adding -ly to an adjective. For example, sad and happy are adjectives, but sadly and happily are adverbs.


Resources for Adjective Lesson Plans

Teachers who are searching for activities, games and resources for helping students learn more about the role of adjectives in the English language have many options available online. There are printable worksheets and interactive quizzes, as well as suggestions for games and activities that can help reinforce key concepts. Resources you might find helpful include:


Adjective Lesson Plans and Resources

When it comes to teaching adjectives, it’s easy to get burnt out on finding something new. Use these engaging lesson plans and resources to add a bit of sparkle to your English lessons. With adjectives under your belt, dive into the wonderful world of preposition examples.