1.1.4 Adjectives Lesson Plan

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, K-3

In the BrainPOP ESL movie Under the Big Desk! (L1U1L4), a small, red book disappears. Suspiciously, Moby is missing, too! As Ben investigates the mystery, students are introduced to simple adjectives and prepositions of place. The lesson plan, adaptable for grades K-8, invites students to use adjectives in simple sentences with the verb to be.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Describe objects using adjectives in simple sentences with the verb to be.


big, small, red, yellow, blue, black, white

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Describe It. After watching the Grammar section from Under the Big Desk! (L1U1L4), practice the two kinds of sentences used to describe things. Divide the class into two teams. Using the Image provided of the four objects, a student from Team 1 says, “The book is big.” Then a student from Team 2 says, “It’s a big book.” Continue with the other three images. Then ask students to make up their own sentences and continue the exercise. Have students add a second adjective to their sentences, for example, “It’s a big, red book.” After several sentences, ask students to explain which adjectives come first by identifying the pattern (adjectives describing size come first).
  2. Draw It. Together with the class, make two lists on the board of nouns and adjectives that they have learned. Students can use the Unit Lists of the BrainPOP ESL Word List to see words by lesson. Have each student fold a piece of paper into four quadrants and create an image like the Image provided. Working in pairs, one student chooses four adjective-noun combinations, such as a big flower, and the other student draws them. Then they switch. All of the images can now be cut up and used in various activities, such as sorting the pictures by nouns and comparing the different adjectives used to describe them.

Related Movies
BrainPOP ESL Movies:
Friends are Fair! Adjectives and Nouns

BrainPOP Movie:
BrainPOP Jr. Movies:
Adjectives and Adverbs