Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Adjectives - part 1

These two presentations were the girls favourite.
Start with a group of objects (we used butterflies but horses, cars etc would work just as well)
Write 'the butterfly' on a strip of paper and ask the child to bring you whats written on the paper
When they hand you a butterfly say 'That's not the one I wanted - can you bring me the butterfly'
Repeat this 2 more times and then say 'Do you know which butterfly I want'
child responds - no - so ask 'why'
child usually responds - because there are lots to choose from.
' Do you need more information?' child responds positively.
'Please bring me the red butterfly' (or whatever colour is left)

Once the right butterfly has been handed to you place it above the paper strip and rip the paper strip between the two words - write the correct colour on a small piece of paper and place it between the two strips.
'You couldn't know which was the right butterfly to bring without additional information. The word which gives more information about a noun or describes a noun is called an adjective.

The word adjective comes from the Latin adjectivus meaning to add.

Ask the child to write an adjective for each butterfly.
Finish off by introducing the symbol for adjectives - the large blue pyramid/triangle (again the same shape as a noun because it relates to the noun, just a different colour) 

1 comment:

Deb Chitwood said...

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely grammar work! Hands-on grammar is so much more fun - and more memorable - than learning grammar any other way!
Deb @

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