Here’s a quick, easy and super-fun
way to practice and review adjectives
, and the importance of using descriptive words
in your writing
To celebrate spring, I've knocked a dollar off for a limited time.
I’ve included 28 photographs
of real caterpillars
, along with an assortment of 32 butterfly photos
There are 4 on a page
. Choose your favorites, print, laminate & trim, then have students take a look and pass them around.
what an adjective is, and brainstorm a list of words that describe caterpillars
Students then write as many words as they want on each of the worksheets
Remind students to color the pictures, then include those words on their worksheet as well.
For more word work practice, after students complete their worksheets, have them write
on the 8 choices
of “stationery” provided
, using the adjectives that they thought of.
Students can also select one of the photographs and write a few descriptive sentences inspired by the picture.
After everyone is done, have a discussion about the differences between the caterpillar and butterfly. Were the words they used to describe them similar (synonyms)
or opposites (antonyms)
I’ve also included a trace, cut and glue
option, with 56 adjective “word boxes”
Students trace the words and trim. They sort the words
into two piles: words that describe the butterfly, and words that describe the caterpillar.
Children choose their favorites and arrange
them on the pictures. When they are satisfied with how things look, they glue them down.
Because students have a choice
, each butterfly and caterpillar worksheet will be a bit different
Completed projects make a cool bulletin board
. Sprinkle some of the photographs on the display too.
As you know, adjectives can be tricky
. Yes, they describe nouns, but some adjectives when used in other sentences are verbs
. i.e. flying & crawling.
I used these words as adjectives as in: A butterfly is a flying insect; I see a crawling caterpillar.
The same is true of the words slow and fast, which can also be used as adverbs.
I used them as adjectives as in: This is a slow caterpillar and a fast butterfly.
Remember to take advantage of these "teachable moments of trickiness”
to review other parts of speech
and challenge older students.
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