Writing: Descriptive Words

  • Second Grade
  • Writing
  • 60 minutes
  • Standards: L.2.1
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October 6, 2015
by Yolanda Swain

Improve your students' writing skills with this neat lesson on adjectives. From bright to dark, light to heavy, your little writers will be able to describe the world around them in no time.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and use adjectives in their sentences.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask the kids to describe what the weather was like when they arrived at school this morning.
  • Record students' descriptive responses on the board.
  • Underline and identify the adjectives in their sentences.
  • Tell students that today, they're going to learn about adjectives.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Remind students that adjectives describe nouns and can tell how something feels, smells, tastes, looks, and sounds.
  • Have students follow along with the If You Were an Adjective video.
  • Ask students to name some of the adjectives mentioned in the book.
  • Add the adjectives to the list on the board
  • Write the following sentences on the board:
    The _______ elephant is _______.
    The _______ kittens are _______.
  • Ask volunteers to help fill in the blanks with adjectives.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Pair each student with a partner.
  • Review the meaning of adjectives.
  • Have each pair turn to each other and use one word to describe the classroom.
  • Have students share their responses with the rest of the class.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Give each student a copy of the Adjectives: All About Me worksheet
  • Read aloud the directions.
  • Have students complete the activity on their own.



  • Enrichment: Advanced students can write "Who Am I" riddles using adjectives.
  • Support: Students needing extra support can each work with a peer during Independent Working Time.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Give each student an index card and ask them to write three adjectives to describe you.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask a volunteer or volunteers to explain what an adjective is.

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