Today we tackled one of our fourth grade Common Core standards... ordering adjectives.... (Psssst... I have a little secret... I didn't even realize that there was a correct "order" to adjectives! Please don't hold that against me.)
To start the mini-unit I needed something really interesting to grab the class's attention... When I found what I was looking for I hid it under this box... the kiddos were very curious... trying to peak under it.
After we had finished the web, we then worked on sorting our adjectives into categories. I explained the categories to the class and we added the adjectives to this chart:
There were some debates about some of the adjectives. I loved hearing my students "respectfully disagree" with each other. "I respectfully disagree with Tim because ..."
After the modeling and group work, now groups got their own "Mystery Object" to work with. I handed out random items I had grabbed before I left the house this morning... a penny, a piece of raw penne pasta, a frog candle holder, a over-ripe banana, just to name a few. Students jumped right in creating a web of adjectives for their object.
|These charts fold in half to form booklet that the students glued into their language arts journals.|
There are several things I really loved about this lesson: the interaction between group members, the respectful dabate, and the creative descriptors students came up with for the skull and their own objects. But I think the thing I loved the most was when I hard a group of girls talking in the lunch line... using a list of adjectives to describe each other. "Here is my tall, dark, curly haired friend, Cami."
Tomorrow we are learning more specifically about how adjectives are ordered. I have another fun group activity for them to work on to practice. I'll be sure to post how it went.
You can grab a copy of the Types of Adjectives booklet here:
If you are interested in the whole Ordering Adjectives Mini-unit, you can find it at my TpT store. Not only does it have the two interactive, engaging lessons, but it also includes a literacy center support activity and an assessment
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