Fun With Adjectives

Suggested activities for teaching adjectives

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Here are some simple suggested activities for teaching adjectives.The activities help in creating an interactive and hands-on environment in the classroom that involve and motivate learners. They also make the process of teaching/learning grammar more enjoyable and effective. 

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In order  to understand how the human mind works, it is important to keep in mind the following state- ment made by Confucius, “I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand” .

Most of the teaching  of grammar is done in a traditional manner, where  the teacher does  the talking and the students are passive audience.  One does not know how much of the knowledge  is absorbed by the students. Text books and work books have several exercises. However, just practice is not enough. One of the best ways to understand something is to get one’s hands  on it and actually experiment with it. The involvement and interest of the students increase when they are given something to do. Activity- based learning helps students understand concepts better, increases their willingness to work together and enables them to relate the topic to real – life examples. An interactive and hands  - on environment helps  in establishing better relationship between teachers and students as well as between students themselves. Students are more motivated and engaged in the process of learning  and this makes them learn  better. The following are some  suggested activities to make the teaching  /learning of adjectives more enjoyable and effective. These activities have been inspired by ideas of several practising teachers.


  • The students will  discover adjectives through various activites
Activity Steps: 


1 | Show and tell

The teachers asks  the students to bring different  things that they have col- lected.   Each student comes  and displays  his object. The others are  asked to describe it. The teacher keeps  collating the answers. The different  adjec- tives that the students come up with can be displayed  in the class  later.  For example,  a pencil box can be yellow, long, rectangular, etc.


2 | Spot the adjective

The teacher reads out a story. The students raise their hands every time they hear an adjective.  Alternatively, the teacher can distribute copies of a simple story. The students can spot the adjectives and colour them.


3 | Feel and describe

The teacher puts some objects in a bag. She asks  a student to come up and feel the object. He/she has to describe the object without looking at it. For example,  if it’s a wooden scale, the description could be ,”It is long and flat and hard”. The others try to guess what the object is.


4 | Go fish

Several  words, some nouns, some adjectives,  some verbs can be written on cards , which can be scattered on the ground. The children should be able to read the words clearly. A fishing rod can be made with a magnet attached to a stick. Each card will have a metallic gem clip attached. The children can be asked to go fishing. They will identify the cards with the adjectives written on them and pick them up with the fishing rod.


5 | Make a chain

Ask a student to randomly think of any adjective. The next person has to think of an adjective  with the last  letter  of the previous  adjective.  Keep going till everyone  gets a chance.


6 | Describing people

The students are asked  to collect pictures of different  kinds of people. They are then asked to describe the people. They can be further guided to describe the structure, the face, the eyes, the nose, etc. in detail. For example, “He has a sharp nose”, she has slanted eyes, he has a cheerful face etc.


7 | Describing your friend

Once the students know how to describe a person, this activity can be taken up. Each student is asked  to choose  a friend that he/she wants  to describe. They can be guided to describe the physical characteristics (looks) first, for example,  “She is tall”, “She is  thin”, etc. and then the nature of the person, for example,  ‘She is kind”, “She is friendly” etc.


8 | Introduce yourself

Ask the students to introduce themselves. They say their  names and use adjective  to describe themselves. For example,  “I am cheerful Beena” or "I am curious Rohan”. To the students of higher  classes, alliteration can be introduced. The students could be encouraged to use  adjectives with first letters of their names. For example, “I am simple Shweta”, both  starting with the letter  “S”.


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This is an easy to learn procedure that you have suggested here. I hope that the kids will find this method of learning adjectives much easier that the other traditional ones. I would like to introduce the article to few of my friends too.  

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