Adjective Jumble: Mix and Match
Students will be able to pair nouns and adjectives to create basic phrases.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Make a T-chart on the board, and write noun on the left side and adjective on the right.
- Ask for a volunteer to explain what a noun is.
- After a few students have offered their ideas, chant aloud: A noun is a person (point to yourself), place, (point down to the floor of the classroom) or thing (tug on your shirt).
- Explain to the students that the movement can remind them that they are nouns, the classroom and school are nouns, and their clothing is a noun (shirt, shoes, etc).
- Call on a few students to brainstorm other nouns, and record them on your T-chart.
- Ask your students what an adjective is.
- After a few students have offered their ideas, remind the students that an adjective describes something.
- Chant aloud: Ad- (hands to the right) jec- (hands to the left) tive (hands to the right) describes (hands start up on either side of your head) some (hands move to your middle) thing (hands move towards thighs). This movement is a fluid downward motion.
- Explain to your students that the movement can help them remember that they can describe their hair by saying “brown, thin hair” or a shirt by saying “soft, yellow shirt.” Remind the students that brown, thin, yellow, and soft are all adjectives because they describe the noun.
- Call on a few students to brainstorm adjectives, and record them on your T-chart.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Pass out the Adjective Jumble worksheet to every student.
- Project the first page of the worksheet on the board.
- Read through the words, and ask for volunteers to define the words.
- Show your students how they can mix and match the nouns and adjectives to create funny phrases. For example: hairy mom, smelly chair, and jolly octopus.
- Explain to the students that they will choose their top two favorite phrases and glue them in the boxes that say noun and adjective on the second page.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Ask a volunteer to choose a noun and an adjective from the worksheet to create a funny phrase.
- Have that student write the phrase on the board and sketch a picture of the phrase.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Pass out scissors, glue, and crayons to each student.
- Have your students cut out their words and make their funny phrases. Make sure they complete the second page.
- Rotate around the room during this time to help students who may be struggling.
- Enrichment: If a student needs a challenge, ask her to come up with as many sentences as possible using the nouns and adjectives. Have her record these sentences on the back of the second page. If time allows, ask the student to draw pictures of the sentences.
- Support: Have students match adjectives and nouns that are directly across from each other on the worksheet. Ask them to draw those pictures.
Related Books and/or Media
- Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? by Brian P. Cleary
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Pay attention to students during the introduction and independent working time.
- Jot down notes about students struggling to understand the difference between a noun and adjective, and review with them later.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Call on a few students to say the noun and adjective chants aloud with the movements.
- Invite the entire class to say the chants aloud.
- Invite a few students to share their pictures and funny phrases with the entire class.