Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Let's Get Poppin' with Adjectives {First Grade Adjective Activity}

First of all, y'all are crackin' me right up with all the pencil commentary.  I'm just glad I'm not alone!  Thanks for commiserating ;)

Secondly, let's discuss teaching my kididdles adjectives.  I decided we needed something a little more substantial than the totally un-fun and completely un-engaging pencil-and-paper activities in my reading series (which is Treasures, btw).  Don't get me wrong, I really like some things about our reading series, but worksheets alone aren't going to teach my pumpkins about descriptive words.

They really need concrete experiences to learn - especially at six- and seven-years-old.  Right?!

Insert the old standby - popcornFreshly popped right in front of them popcorn. 


{And, btw, it was oh-so-cool to use an air-popper to pop it!  Most of them had only ever used a microwave and using an air-popper was pretty much *12 kinds* of fun!  Especially watching the popcorn waterfall dump into our big silver bowl!  It was like MAGIC!}

After encouraging them to truly experience the popcorn - it's smell, texture, appearance, and taste - we met to discuss the many adjectives that could describe this yummy afternoon treat. 


Afterwards, of course, we like totally had to do a fun little art project.  They turned out super cutie!


{If you're interested in this activity, you can check it out in my TpT store.  It includes the activity sheet my students completed after we met to discuss popcorn adjectives, writing paper, a literacy center (+ corresponding recording sheet), a sample lesson plan, and some templates for the whole-group graphic organizer I made. Read the description for more detail.  Click HERE to go see!}
TGtomorrowIF!!!!!

21 comments:

Pirate Princess said...

Great idea. I'll have to check it out on TpT. Thanks for sharing.

http://littlelearnersinc.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

Love this idea! Just bought it on TpT. Thanks for sharing your hard work.
Kimberly
http://funkyfirstgradefun.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Saoud said...

I too have been working on adjectivies. The experience with the popcorn and the art work looks, sounds, feels, taste YUMMY!! We've been working on habitats and thistlegirl has new graphics for the RAINFOREST, yeah!! So, I created a center activity. Linking to TPT now!

Cheryl Primary Graffiti

addiegirl724 said...

Love that you use Treasures! So do we, and I agree that it is good minus all the practice pages that go along with it. I'm always excited to see what you are going to create for the weekly lessons. But again, how do you manage to fit all this stuff in? Do you eliminate alot in the daily planner? If so, what and how? Also, do you have a series for your Math, Science, and Social Studies? I feel like my creativity suffers b/c of the time constraints. Thanks again!!

Rachelle said...

Love this! Let's get "poppin' over to TpT to buy it!"
{haha}

-Rachelle
whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

Erica said...

This is so cute. I have to ask, do you have anyone to help you make all of your adorable printables? If not, how do you do it? I'm amazed by you daily.

For the record, we just did an adjective activity where my kids colored big snakes (I hate snakes...ew) and came up with adjectives about their snakes. Popcorn would have been waaaay more fun!

Kelli said...

Very cute I think I will have to adapt it to fit my 5th/6th combo class!

xoxo
Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

Tanya Solano said...

Mmmmmmm, I can just smell the popcorn poppin', now I'm hungry! : ) What a fun activity! I am totally going to work this so I can fit it into kindergarten!

Andi said...

I love this idea, too! I just bought my copy at the TPT magic store! This will be a PERFECT way to end our week and start off Spring Break with a bang! Er, I mean POP!
THANK YOU!!!!!!
-Andi
http://madeinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

Janae said...

I love it! Buying it right now... Thanks! :)

second grade story said...

Love this- as always, your work is adorable, creative, and fun! Bought it tonight and already planning to use this next week!

Let The Sunshine! said...

This is adorable!

www.youcanmakethesunshineanytime.blogspot.com

Miss Lauren said...

Love this! I could definitely use this with my ELL kiddos.

On another note, my school is thinking about the Treasures program for next year - we are meeting to talk about it again soon. What do you think about it? Some opinions from teachers who use it would be very much appreciated!! =)

Thanks! I LOVE your blog!!
Lauren
www.misslaurensclass.blogspot.com

Lindsey said...

what a fun idea! and the popcorn is just a bonus! i'll have to check it out:)

dollb6 said...

Abby...bought it. Love it! Thank you!

The First Grade Parade said...

LOVE IT!!!! It's just PERFECT!!! Can't wait to use it with my firsties!!

Mrs. Lutton said...

I love how creative and fun your classroom is!! I can't wait to put this to use. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!

Julie

Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

mdarnold88 said...

Love this idea! So excited to teach adjectives now!

Dusty said...

Awesome idea! I will definitely have to do this! :)

Kristin Young said...

This is precious! Thanks for posting. I love your stuff. :)

http://LittleMissGlamourGoesToKindergarten.blogspot.com

Fabiana Lavina Carter said...

What a great idea :))), going to do that with my son for sure :)). Thanks for sharing.
Fabiana
www.fabianacarter.com