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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Amazing Adjectives - Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!

Adjectives make sentences pop!
Without adjectives writing would be so blah-blah!

So how do we get kids excited about adjectives?
Read a good picture book to your class.
Then read that same book again and leave out the adjectives.

Kids quickly see how dull and boring the story becomes and how adjectives bring the story to life. Adjectives are part of mental images that make text come alive and add meaning and clarity to what is being communicated.

Below is my adjective anchor chart. I reduced it to a printable size. You can print it out and enlarge it. Then use it with whole class instruction. Also, you can print it out and use it at centers.
For example, to describe a person, place, animal, or thing at a center, use pictures, actual objects, listening center books, or describe each other in the classroom, including the teacher.
Please click on the picture to link to teachers pay teachers where you can download a FREE copy from Picture Book Reviews With Writing Connections.

The sample above is from the book, Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! We brainstormed adjectives that described Mrs. Millie while we were reading the book and after we read the book.

It is a funny book about a hilarious teacher who teases her students. She tells them to hang up their goats (coats), don't step in a poodle (puddle), don't cut in lion (line), come sit on the bug (rug), and so many more silly things. Her students have fun correcting her mistakes and saying what she really means.

This book is also great for reinforcing rhyming. You can make a list of the silly word sentences that rhyme with the real word sentences. The book is available on amazon. Please click on the picture to read more.

Being silly is so much fun!

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