First, I need to thank every one of you who left a comment or sent an email to me this week. You lifted my spirits, let me know I was not alone, and most importantly – completely normal. I know the blog world is full of incredible classrooms, cute children and fabulous ideas on a daily basis. I appreciate being able to have a “real life” moment with all of you. 🙂
Now onto the fun!
Once again, I’ve been revamping an older unit and packing it full of more goodies for you. Make sure that if you’ve already purchased this that you click on over and grab the updated unit! (The BIG Bookworm Grammar Bundle has also been updated!)
As you saw last week, my kids loved the scavenger hunt we took around school. We looked for nouns first, and then came back to the classroom to talk about adjectives and create our anchor chart.
After we created our anchor chart, I asked the kids to come up with adjectives for each of the nouns they found. I didn’t introduce adjectives before we left for our “hunt” because I wanted the information fresh on their minds as they sat down to write. I work in a school with a high ESOL population (around 70%) so I try to do as much scaffolding as possible.
I noticed during the work period that many of the kids were just using color words.
“Hands in the air, kiddos!”
“Are color words the only kind of adjectives?”
“So why am I only seeing color words on your recording sheets?”
“Yes… Oh. You may only use ONE color word as an adjective on this entire sheet. Use the anchor chart and your brain to come up with other adjectives that are more creative.”
(groaning and moaning)
See how I fixed that? 🙂
That night, they repeated the activity for homework (with the one-color-word-rule still in place). It was a hit! I even had one parent email me and tell me how much fun her child had walking around their apartment looking for “the best” nouns. HA! 🙂
This was just one of the “new additions” I put into the unit. I hope you’ll click on over to check it out.
Later in the week, we played a new game to reinforce forming and using adjectives correctly. Peeps and lurkers, I present…
We have played this several times during the last couple of weeks and my kids LOVE it!!
During our planning one afternoon, we talked about playing a well-known fruity describing game with the kids. However, because we work with such a large ESOL population and our inclusion students are all very visual, we needed something a little different.
The picture cards worked beautifully for my struggling readers! They were able to play with confidence without having to worry about sounding out a word.
So, like the “other game” students have to match adjectives with a given noun. However, in “Apply the Adjective!” there is a noun picture in the middle and students have to come up with their own adjectives to describe the noun. One person in the group is responsible for choosing “the best” adjective, and this responsibility rotates as the game progresses.
The student who wins the round puts a “check mark” under the winning adjective column. Everyone else in the group writes it down. I added this step because I want them to remember the stronger adjectives they heard and saw – especially during Writers Workshop! If they were in charge of the noun card, they simply mark a line through the “my adjective” column for that round.
I have 2 more versions I’ll upload soon to my stores – a winter edition and a February edition as well.
So… the freebie!
I found an adjective song on Pinterest , but there wasn’t a printable option. So I made one!
|Click to download from Google Drive (color and b&w)|
The kids and I have been singing this for two weeks and they LOVE it! They have even asked for copies for their Super Skills Journals. 🙂 I hope it’s something you can use. I tried clicking around yesterday afternoon to find the source of this fabulousness.. I found some nakey websites (EW!) but I never found the original blog. SO, if this is yours, please let me know!!
Last but not least, a GIVEAWAY!
I’m giving away every product I mentioned on the post tonight to ONE lucky winner!
I’m even going to keep it simple.
You only have to:
– be a follower of this blog
– follow me on Facebook
I’m making this a quick giveaway because I want the winner to be able to use all 3 Apply the Adjective games. Good luck!