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Adjectives, Nouns, and Verbs
Christina Longo

Purpose: To become familiar with the difference between adjectives, nouns, and verbs.

Preparation:Find a book with expressive language (Today I Feel Silly & Other Mood That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis). Fill 10 brown paper lunch bags with items that have different textures (tin foil, velvet, sandpaper). Fill another 10 brown paper lunch bags with small items (pencil, book, ruler, fork). Write down 10 verbs on post-it notes to use for the charades game (run, walk, read). Create a paper for each student with 3 columns. Optional: Have students line up in order according to birthday without talking. After this activity, discuss the importance of words.

1. Before reading Today I Feel Silly & Other MOODS That Make My Day, ask students to listen for words that evoke feeling, describe an object, or words they like. Read the book.After reading the book discuss any of the words the students noticed while listening.

2. Have students make a list of words they like to say, hear, read, or use in their writing. After students create their lists, have them give their lists to a partner. This person then reads the lists of words and places the words into categories (the students create their own categories). Then have a few students share the different categories they created and the words that go into each category.

3. Hand out the 3 columned sheet and the 10 bags that contain the items with different textures. As the bags rotate around the room, each student puts his hand inside the bag (without looking inside the bag) and writes down 1 word that describes the object in the bag (long, smooth, hard). These words are written in the 1st column on the sheet. After they have all had a chance to reach inside each bag, have the students tell you their words they have written down before you pull out each object. As you pull out each object, students can write down more words as a result of seeing the object.

4. Pass out the 10 bags that contain the small items. As the bags rotate around the room, each student puts his hand inside the bag (without looking inside) and writes down what is inside the bag (the objects inside should be one words objects). These words are written in the 2nd column on the sheet. After they have all had a chance to reach inside each bag, have the students tell you the words they have written down before you pull out each object.

5. Have 10 volunteers act out the words you have written on the post-it notes. Students silently guess what the action is and write it down in the 3rd column on the sheet. Have students share the words they wrote down.

6. Each student now has a column of adjectives, nouns, and verbs. Discuss the differences between each group of words. Next, have then write a five line poem. Each line canonly have 3 words and must be written in adjective, noun, verb form (long fork jumps). Then have the students share their poems with a neighbor and then withthe whole group.

Optional: Students can choose one line from their poems and illustrate it.