Sentence Activity- Focus on Descriptive Words

Brooklyn is a very visual, hands-on type learner.
That’s why I loved this writing activity for her.

The primary goal of this activity is to teach children how and when to use descriptive words.
I didn’t set up everything exactly like in the book I got the idea from, but the way I did it worked great.

How to set it up:
Write a very simple sentence on one color of index cards (I used pink).
Write several descriptive words on different colored index cards (I used yellow).

At first I just copied the sample sentence and descriptive words from the book. Later I had Brooklyn create her own sentence and descriptive words.
It is important for the descriptive words to be on different colored cards/paper than the sentence.

Brooklyn caught on immediately. With like five seconds of instruction she was off creating sentences.

Within a minute she was asking me to make new cards with new descriptive words without me even asking her to.

After she’d played quite a bit with the bear sentence I asked her to tell me a new sentence to write. Then I asked her to tell me some descriptive words for her new sentence.

I was surprised at how easy it was for her to list off descriptive words. She gets it.

She really enjoyed the activity and has a much better grasp of sentence structure and a very good grasp of descriptive words: what they are and when to use them.

Her sentence was, “The fairy flies in the forest.”
Which changed to, “The fairy flies to a house.”
Which changed to, “The fairy flies in the forest to a house.”
Which changed to, “The fairy flies to a house in the forest.”

Her descriptive words were, “bright, tooth, tinkering, dark, little, big, cold, quickly.”

6 thoughts on “Sentence Activity- Focus on Descriptive Words

  • Thanks for the link! I love that. πŸ™‚ Can't wait to check it out – sounds like they have tons of good ideas!

    I hadn't been on your blog in awhile (since the whole Flicr thing) and was so excited to see all your new posts! Glad you decided not to let others make you stop. So great to read all the fun stuff you do!

    Sarah

  • Mia is going to LOVE this!!! I can't wait to try it out tomorrow!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea! She's getting bored with her KG stuff, so I am always looking for new ideas to give her something fun to challenge her. We will be making “space sticks” too! πŸ˜‰ You are such a great online friend!!! πŸ™‚

  • Mia is going to LOVE this!!! I can't wait to try it out tomorrow!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea! She's getting bored with her KG stuff, so I am always looking for new ideas to give her something fun to challenge her. We will be making “space sticks” too! πŸ˜‰ You are such a great online friend!!! πŸ™‚

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