Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adjectives and The Curiosity Files

As I stated in my last post, I had the opportunity to use and review a unit study called The Curiosity Files - Red Tides. Another aspect that I really enjoyed in this study was how they made learning about adjectives hands on and fun. Not only do they have a study about adjectives with a worksheet to answer questions, but they made a board game out of it!

The rules were pretty simple. You rolled the dice and when you landed on a picture you had to say what adjective you think it represents. Then you had to come up with at least 5 more adjectives for that picture (I only made Gess say one). The next time you play the game you are supposed to make up as many sentences as you can using adjectives to describe the picture (Again Gess only had to use one sentence).

Gess really struggles with descriptive words. People ask her how she feels and she answers with what she is doing. She just thinks very concretely. Even doing the lesson she had trouble picking out the adjective in the sentence. She wanted to say the verb was what "described" the noun. In the sentence, "He drives a green car" she wanted to say drives described the car. However, after we played this game several times I think she finally got the concept because she became much better at finding the adjective in the sentence. I then went to Super Teacher Worksheets to get extra worksheets for Gess to practice with.

Of course no study is complete without a little help from School House Rock.

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