Thursday, February 5, 2015

Let's Learn About - Adjectives

When my district first started teaching Common Core Standards 4 years ago, I was a little surprised at some of the changes from our Tennessee State Standards.
One of which was the teaching of Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives.
I was thinking about how some of my kids struggle to learn letters and sounds, much less language arts skills that I'm pretty sure I learned in 2nd grade.
And honestly, for the first couple of years, I don't know how good of job I did at teaching my kindergartners these skills.
I finally got my act together this year and was determined to work harder.  So I created a teaching set of nouns, verbs, and adjectives activities.  Click here to see my nouns and verbs sets in action.
So when it was time to start teaching my kindergarteners about adjectives, I started with a good ole anchor chart. 
I love anchor charts!
They provide a good visual for myself and my kids when I'm introducing a new concept.
I then hang them on my anchor chart board where I can call attention back to the chart to review or wrap up our lessons each day.

I decided that the most meaningful way to start teaching my kids about adjectives as describing words, was to have them describe themselves. 
So I passed one of these pages out to each student, there is a girl version and boy version, and we worked on them together to describe each students eye color, hair, age, and something about them.

Sorry for the picture overload.  They were just so excited about these and everyone wanted me to take a picture of their paper!
After we finished, each student got a chance to share theirs.
Now looking back, I think it would have been fun to have my kids write their name on the back so that we could play a game and guess which paper belonged to each student based on the describing words they used.
I'll have to try that next year!

Then we talked about how an adjective describes a noun.  So we used our anchor chart to get ideas for ways to describe the sun.  There are several pages similar to this one, but I let my kids choose and we did this sun page together on my Promethean Board.  Then the next day they did a pizza one on their own, with some support.

Next we worked on describing things using a color word, starting with red.
I love how this little guy wrote "hot" for heart because that is exactly how heart sounds when he says it!  I love invented spelling!

We have been working so much on writing proper sentences, that I added sentence lines to many of the pages included in this set.

These two kids looked at our shapes posters to see how to spell heart.  I love that in addition to invented spelling, they are also learning to use writing and posters around our room to help them write.

There are so many pages included in this set.  I have pictures of only a few.

I love these sentences in the pictures below!
We have been working so hard on sentences and invented spelling.  It's so rewarding to see their progress from just a few months ago!

Like I said, there are lots more pages than just these as well as some sorting and picture cards, which I did with my class but forgot to take pictures of.
Here are some pictures of what's included!

If you're interested in checking out my adjectives set, click here.
Or click the picture.
A bundle of my Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives sets is coming soon.
I would love to hear what your class is working on if you want to comment below!

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