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Language Arts Lesson: Adjective Art

Subjects

Arts & Humanities
--Language Arts
--Visual Arts

Grade

K-2
3-5
6-8

Brief Description

Students create works of art to illustrate the meanings of adjective words.

Objectives

Students will

  • choose an adjective to illustrate.
  • consider the meaning of the adjective when choosing the material(s) to use in the illustrations.
  • identify the adjectives in a series of sentences.

Keywords

adjective, art, illustrate, parts of speech

Materials Needed

  • a list of adjectives (student generated and additional adjectives from the Adjective List provided below)
  • sheets of large white drawing paper
  • a variety of art materials

Lesson Plan

Using This Lesson

This activity can be used in the classroom. It is also an excellent activity for students to do at home with their parent(s); the advantage in using this activity as an at-home activity is the availability of a wide variety of art materials in the home.

Introducing the Lesson

Review with students the concept of adjectives. (See Additional Adjective Resources from Education World below for resources to use in this review.) Then invite students to create a class list of favorite adjectives. Be sure each student provides at least one or two adjectives for this class list.

Share – as examples – an “adjective illustration” or two that you have prepared in advance. This sample illustration will give students a visual reference they can use as they think about and create their own adjectives illustrations. Your sample illustration might be one of these:

Examples

  • The word “ROUGH” created from cutting out its letters from sandpaper
  • The word “CUDDLY” created by drawing letter outlines and filling them with a montage of pictures of stuffed animals cut out of magazines
  • The word “COLORFUL” created by cutting out its letters from colorful paper or cloth
  • The word “SOFT” created by drawing letter outlines and filling them with pasted cotton balls

Students can choose an adjective to illustrate from the class list. (You might provide additional adjectives from the Adjective List below.) Then students will choose a material with which to illustrate that adjective. (If you teach young students, you might chat with individual students about materials that might reflect the meaning of their adjective words.)

When students’ artwork is completed, create an “Adjective Art” bulletin board to display it.

Additional Adjective Resources from Education World

Adjective List

You might use this list of adjectives to supplement the list your students created.

A – acrobatic, angry, animated, antique, artistic, athletic, attractive

B – beautiful, big, boiling, bony, breakable, bright, broken, bubbly, bumpy

C – cheap, cheerful, chilly, clear, cloudy, concrete, costly, crowded, cuddly, curly, cute

D – dangerous, dazzling, delicious, dirty

E – edible, elastic, elegant, enormous, expensive

F – fabulous, famous, fancy, fat, filthy, flaky, flashy, flowery, fluffy, fragrant, frilly, frizzy, funny, fuzzy

G – gigantic, glamorous, glistening, gloomy, glossy, golden, gummy

H – hairy, handsome, happy, healthy, heartfelt, heavy, hilarious, horrible, hot

I – itchy

J – jagged, juicy, jumbo

L – lazy, leafy, limp

M – messy, miniature, muddy, mushy

N – narrow, noisy, nutritious, nutty

O – oblong, odd, old-fashioned, ornate, outrageous, oval

P – pastel, peppery, plain, plastic, plush, polished, pointed, popular, powerful, pretty, pricey, prickly, puzzling

R – ragged, rectangular, reflecting, rich, rigid, rough, round, rusty

S – salty, sandy, scaly, scary, scratchy, shabby, shadowy, shady, sharp, shimmering, shiny, short, silky, silly, skinny, sleepy, slim, slimy, smooth, soft, sparkling, spicy, spotted, starry, sticky, stiff, strong, sugary, sweet

T – tall, tasty, thick, tiny, triangular

U – ugly, upset, urban

V – valuable, vibrant

W – warped, wavy, weak, weary, weird, wild, winding, wobbly, worn

Y – yummy

Z – zany, zigzag

Assessment

Have students identify the adjective in each sentence (see underlined word) and the noun that the adjective describes (see word in parentheses).

  1. The frail woman made her way slowly down the hall. (woman)
  2. Greta’s birthday is on the tenth day of June. (day)
  3. Larry is the only person I know who writes with his left hand. (hand)
  4. I picked the cutest puppy from the litter. (puppy)
  5. What is the funniest movie you have ever seen? (movie)
  6. The colorful kite stood out against the sky. (kite)
  7. Audrey’s expensive ring glistened in the light. (ring)
  8. Rapunzel’s blond hair was full of magic. (hair)
  9. George could not take his eyes off the beautiful sunset. (sunset)
  10. All the students gave excellent performances in the play. (performances)

For more advanced students, supplement the above entries with some that follow:

  1. Sarah says her family’s home is haunted. (home)
  2. Charles was so hungry he could hear his stomach growl. (Charles)
  3. I wonder who holds the lucky lottery ticket. (ticket or lottery ticket)
  4. Dad’s jeans were so old that they were ready to fall apart. (jeans)
  5. Roberto thought the test was the most difficult one he had ever taken. (test)
  6. The music was lively, so we all wanted to get up and dance. (music)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last book in the popular series. (book, series)
  8. The water was too muddy to see the bottom of the river. (water)

You might adapt/extend this assessment by having students rewrite the sentences with new adjectives in place of the ones used.

 

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K – 4

NA-VA.K-4.1
Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3
Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1
Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas NA-VA.5-8.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.5-8.6
Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K – 12

NL-ENG.K-12.3
Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.12
Applying Language Skills  

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