Friday, October 7, 2016

Monsterously Good Adjectives!

It's October so you know what that's time to make some MONSTERS!!
Lately we have been working on different parts of speech.....we started with nouns and verbs and the last couple of weeks we've been focusing on adjectives.  I really love adjectives....the kids seem to really get into it and love finding different ways to use describing words in their sentences.  I like to try to anchor all of our skills with some kind of literature, if I can, so I chose "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Eric Carle to introduce the idea of describing words.  We made an anchor chart (I ❤️anchor charts!!) and added different words to it over a few days.

This week I had the kids make monsters and we described them using adjectives.  I read them the book "Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberly. This book is super cute....sort of a "lift the flap" kind of book and the kids love it.  You can pick it up here

After reading the book we made an anchor chart full of adjectives that describe monsters:

I made my own monster and my firsties and I worked together on a "shared writing" to describe my monster.  Shared writing is a technique where the students and the teacher compose a text together, with both contributing their thoughts and ideas to the process, while the teacher acts as the scribe and writes the text as it is composed.  We worked to use plenty of adjectives in our description: 

After working together on our shared writing, my firsties got busy making their own monsters! They didn't have a pattern to work with.....just their own imaginations.  I really love when kids create their own stuff, rather than copying from a pattern.  The only direction was to use their imagination and include lots of colors and parts to their monster so that they would have lots to describe.  When their monster was complete, they wrote their own description using our anchor charts as reference.  I think they did a great job in their writing and their monsters turned out super cute!!



  1. I LOVE these! Great lesson idea, thanks for sharing.

  2. Very cool! I love the idea of having a 'monstrously good adjectives' theme. Thanks for sharing!