The Adjective Game

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SWBAT describe familiar people, places, things, and events using adjectives.

Big Idea

Play a game that intertwines speaking and language skills!

Why This Lesson?

1 minutes

Kindergarteners love games.  Kindergarteners need to practice speaking and using descriptive language.  Being able to combine these two in this Adjective Game make it fun, quick and cheap to practice lots of necessary skills!  With this game, students are encouraged to listen, to speak in complete sentences and to think.

Basically, with this game, when students take a turn, they have to use their oral language skills to describe something in a complete sentence; immediately after, they have to think of a noun to pass on to the next student.  The pacing is brisk, but students will enjoy it. 

This game will have students do the following:
Respond in a complete sentence to practice oral language.
Use an adjective in your sentence to add detail.
Choose a noun to pass on.

This game will need guidance at first, but soon, the skills will become automatic.  This is a great brain break game to play once or twice per week.

Here are some of my thoughts about why the adjective game works so well with kids!

Introduction to Students

10 minutes

"Today, I am going to teach you how to play a new game.  This game is called The Adjective Game.  Can you repeat that?"
(Students will say, "This game is called The Adjective Game.")
"That's right!  And, remember, an adjective is a word that tells us a detail.  Can you also repeat that?"
(Students will say, "An adjective is a word that tells us a detail.")
"Great job!  I am so glad you remember that vocabulary word!  Give yourself a pat on the back!"
"Now that we remember what an adjective is, I am going to teach you how to use adjectives to play this game!  We are going to give each other nouns (a person, place, thing or event) and then we are going to describe them in a complete sentence.   The key to this game is speaking in a complete sentence.  What is the key to this game?"
(Students will say, "The key to this game is speaking in a complete sentence.")
"Yes!  You are right.  So, I am going to show you how to use an adjective and make a complete sentence with it.  This will help you understand how to play the game.  Now, I want you to listen to me and see how I would play the game.”
(Call on a student.) “_____, will you please give me a noun- a person, place, thing or event?”
(Student will give you a noun.  We will use the word school as the example.)
“Now, since _____ gave me the word school, I am going to have to describe it in a complete sentence.  So, I want to pick one describing word for school… Hmmm… (think-aloud moment) I am going to choose exciting.  Now, I need to put that adjective in my sentence.  So, here is my sentence.  School is really exciting.  Can you repeat my sentence?”
(Students will say, “School is really exciting.”)
“Great!  That is my sentence.  Now, since I made a sentence for someone else’s word, I have to choose a word for someone else.  Hmmm… Maybe I could choose the word ocean.  Do you have a sentence for the word ocean, ________?”
(______ should answer (I would pick someone dependable here to use for the example.)  They should give a sentence, such as “The ocean is big.”)
“Great!  ____ gave us a complete sentence using a describing adjective.  Let’s repeat _____’s sentence.”
(Students will say, “The ocean in big.”)
“Now that we have all repeated ______’s sentence, _____ can pick a noun for someone else to describe……. And then we would keep going around and around until everyone had had a turn.”

“Now that you know how to play and what to do, let me show you how we will take turns.  What we will do is use this soft sponge.  Once you are chosen with the sponge, you will say your complete describing sentence, the class will repeat it, you will choose a noun for someone else, and then you will pass the sponge to someone else.  Please try to remember to pick someone who hasn’t already been chosen!  We want everyone to get a turn!  This will require you to pay attention; don’t forget!  Be responsible with the sponge- it is a learning tool.  Does everyone understand how to use the sponge as a tool for The Adjective Game?”
(Students should reply with, “Yes.”)

“Great!  Now let’s get started!  This first time we play, I will be helping you if you need it.  I want to hear good speaking voices when you give your describing sentence.  I also want to see you listening when others are talking because you will be having to repeat their sentences too!  Alright… I am going to throw the sponge to ____ to get started.  ____, your word is ______.  GO!”

This is the Adjective game poster that I like to hang up for students to refer to!

Follow Up and Expanding

10 minutes

You can play this game many times throughout the year. 
For example, when I first introduce adjectives, we play this game a lot.  After that, we may only play once per week or once every other week- whenever we have a ten-minute brain break or we deserve a game.  When we begin writing stories, I like to play this game quite a bit because it encourages students to add more and more detail to their writing.

You can do many things with this game.

Throughout the year, you can have students use two adjectives per turn.  You can also have students add verbs to their sentences.  You can have them change the task to forming a question instead of a sentence.  The options with this game are endless; your kids will enjoy the multitude of opportunities this one game will provide.

Here is a game that students can play on their computers at home to support this lesson.

Here is a fun video that supports this lesson!