Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Adjectives, and supports the standard of  gathering vocabulary knowledge to comprehend expressions. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Display a picture with lots of rich details, like this one:

Ask: How would you describe this scene? What words would you use?
Write the adjectives they use on a whiteboard or other display. After students have a chance to respond, point out that these are describing words  


  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “In Depth” or “Etc.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a commercial for your favorite food. Use  adjectives to persuade people to buy it.   
  • Make-a-Map: Choose an image and identify as many different adjectives as you can to describe it. Write a sentence using each. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game where players sort sentences based on whether or not they contain adjectives.


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about adjectives. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why is it important to not overuse adjectives in your writing? 
  • In sentences with multiple adjectives, how do you determine the order to write them? 
  • How can understanding the role of different parts of speech help you to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word in context? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Adjective Challenge. 

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Brush up on more conventions of standard English with BrainPOP’s Nouns, Diagramming Sentences, Verbs and their Objects,  and Parts of Speech topics. 



Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments