Grade Levels: 3-5

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Parts of Speech, and supports the standard of explaining the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and in particular sentences. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Display this sentence:

Five cute kittens sleep lazily in the sun.

Ask students:

  • Which words are nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs?  
  • How do you know? 


  • Read the description on the Parts of Speech topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Fun and Games” or “Language.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Parts of Speech Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about parts of speech while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial that answers this question: How can using descriptive adjectives and adverbs help to persuade viewers to buy a product?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying examples of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs related to your favorite animal. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game where players sort words based on their part of speech.

More to Explore

Sortify: Parts of Speech: ​​Challenges players to sort words by part of speech and more in this sort 

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of parts of speech with these topics: Nouns, Adverbs, Verbs and their Objects, and Adjectives

Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments