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Adjectives

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Adjectives

What to do with this activity?

Adjectives are words that describe someone or something. For instance, a coat can be described with the adjectives "red", "short", "shiny", "warm", "new", "cheap", "fashionable". With the description words we know more about the coat. It's the same for people - if we use an adjective we will know more about them - "old" or "young", "tall" or "short", "friendly" or "rude". 

Sometimes we over-use one particular adjective, like "amazing" or "nice", and our stories become a bit boring. Have fun thinking of other adjectives to replace these in different sentences - like "stunning", "tasty", "gorgeous", "wonderful", "friendly" - and make your stories more accurate and more interesting. 

Learn to identify adjectives (as opposed to nouns and verbs) with this Adjective adventure. Pick the word that is an adjective each time. 

Encourage your child to write a description of an event or something they have seen using lots of interesting adjectives. You could help with questions like "How did you feel; what did it look like; what size was it; how big was the crowd?". 

 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.

  • How can I do more?

    Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.

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