Adjectives and Reading Rings

We had an amazing day today! They're rare these kinds of days- where every itty bitty thing you had planned, or hoped you could squeeze into your day, actually fit AND everything went better than you imagined!

I did a lesson on adjectives today and my first graders were so engaged. We've been discussing adjectives a lot over the past week, but today we hit it hard. I cut a huge pumpkin out of butcher paper. Then I asked my students to give me words that would describe how it might look or feel. I stuck their words onto the pumpkin using Post-its.

When I tore the paper the corner ripped. Ugh! I pushed my OCD teacher self aside and let it go....I think.

Then I wrote "I have a pumpkin." on the board. I asked my students what it the pumpkin would look like. Was it small? Was it large? What color was it? What shape was it? No one knew. 
So we started adding adjectives to our writing. 
Then we wanted to add more details so we added more sentences!
When I was done I used the picture I had taken of our pocket chart and printed out a smaller version to glue onto the adjective anchor chart as a reminder to students. (You can see it in the picture above)

Next I wrote the sentence "I have a cat." on the board and asked students to write a few sentences and add adjectives for details. They really did well! I had several kids ask if they could fill their whole page with sentences! Plus, the details they added to their pictures were amazing. One student added a toy helicopter to his picture because he wrote that his cat likes to chase the helicopter. WOW!

Aaaah....I love it when lessons go REALLY REALLY well!

I was at Michaels last week and {IMPULSE BUY} saw these black and orange rings with eyeballs and thought they would be a great alternative to witch fingers. They were $2ish if I remember correctly. I told my students that the eyes would be reading the same words that they were. (A few eyeballs have fallen out, but my students have gotten creative and said, "They are winking!" or "I think he's wearing an eyepatch.") Too cute!


  1. I love your eyeball rings. Those are the cutest things I have ever seen. What a great way to teach adjectives too. I'm having a giveaway if you want to check it out.
    The Hive

  2. Love Love Love the rings! Picking them up this weekend for sure!!

    tattling to the teacher

  3. Your reader rings are fabulous! It's those tiny little touches that get them every time! You got 'em! Thanks for the idea :)

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

    1. I can pretty much justify any purchase at a craft store. I can't decide if its a sickness or a skill!

  4. I love the adjective activity with the pumpkin and the eyeball rings. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Hi Jennifer! Love your blog - I'm an Australian First Grade teacher (we say Year One over here!) and I'm totally addicted! Thanks so much for sharing! :) x

  6. I love days like that!!!! Super cute activities!!!
    Love those rings, too!!!!! How fun!

  7. I love this idea! I think it would be perfect for my 2nd graders too. I think I could give them post it notes and tell them to add a word when ever they think of one, to put it on the picture. Thanks for the idea.
    Second In Line

  8. Those reading reads are just too cute! Brilliant idea.
    Granny Goes to School

  9. LOVE this post!! The rings are FABULOUS and the gigantic pumpkin is awesome!!

  10. Loved your blog!!! Using the rings is a great idea...Thank you for sharing your idea...

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  13. I know a lot of people first teach nouns, and then jump to teaching verbs. I have had better success teaching adjectives right after we learned about nouns. Adjectives describe nouns, so seeing how they work together makes so much more sense to students. This is a great lesson plan idea! I like to come up with cute designs for kids to think of words to describe, knotwork wolf designs and so forth.

    Great job!

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