All about Adjectives


All about Adjectives introduces elementary school students to this important part of speech. With this lesson, students will learn what adjectives are, how they are used, how to identify them, and what they are used for.

This lesson includes many optional additions or substitutions, which can be found in the “Options for Lesson” section. One of these optional suggestions it to put on an “Adjective Bee,” where you say a noun and your students have to come up with an adjective to describe it! This is a fun and interactive way for them to practice using adjectives.

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What our All about Adjectives lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: All about Adjectives teaches students how to identify adjectives in writing and how to more effectively use them in their own writing. As a part of this lesson, students will complete several activities where they are required to identify or use adjectives, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson material. This lesson is for students in 2nd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The only supplies you will need for this lesson are the handouts. You can prepare for this lesson ahead of time by pairing students for the activity and copying the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to this lesson is to use additional images or different images for each pair of students for the activity worksheet, rather than having all of the pairs use the same photo. You can also put on an “Adjective Bee,” where you say a noun and the students respond with an adjective that could be used to describe it. They could also spell the adjective as a bonus! Additionally, you could say sentences aloud and have your students identify the adjectives that you said. Finally, you can combine this lesson with a lesson about adverbs, having students compare the similarities and differences in the two parts of speech.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that many students will be aware of adjectives because they’ve likely encountered them in earlier grade levels, but that this lesson will help stress the importance of using them correctly. It also notes that you may want to teach this lesson in conjunction with other lessons related to adjectives or other parts or speech like adverbs. This page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.



This lesson includes three content pages. The lesson begins with a short story about two children who are able to buy the ice cream that they want by describing it using adjectives. Adjectives are words or phrases added to a noun to modify, change, or describe it. Students will learn that adjectives are a very important part of speech. They help a reader or listener learn more about the nouns or objects in a story. Adjectives also make a story more exciting and interesting! They can tell people all kinds of information, such as what kind, which one, how many, and how much.

Identifying and Using Adjectives

The next section of this lesson helps students learn how to identify and use adjectives. Adjectives tell you more about nouns, and most adjectives come before the noun in the sentence. This is not true for every adjective, however. For example, in the sentence “The dog’s eyes are brown,” the word “brown” is an adjective that describes the eyes!

Students will learn that, in order to identify adjectives, they must first find the nouns. Next, they will try to find any words that describe those nouns. These are the adjectives! Students will also learn about the words “a” and “an,” which are both special adjectives that can describe either nouns or other adjectives. You use “A” before words that begin with a consonant, while you use “an” before words that begin with a vowel or vowel sound.

The final section of the lesson provides a passage that includes some adjectives, and then revises it to include even more adjectives! This sections reminds students that they should use adjectives to make their writing more descriptive, and thus more interesting. People also use adjectives to provide more information about the nouns in their writing.


The All about Adjectives lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


The activity requires students to work with a partner to discuss a picture with many things in it and list some adjectives that they could use to describe the nouns or objects in the picture. You will need to provide a picture for the students to use during this activity. You can have each pair use the same picture, or give each pair a different picture. The students will then choose five of the adjectives they used to describe the picture and write a new sentence using each of them. This allows them to demonstrate their ability to both come up with and use adjectives successfully.

Students may also work either alone or in groups for this activity, depending on your preference.


Students will complete several exercises for the practice worksheet. For the first exercise, the students will read a sentence and circle all of the adjectives. The second exercise requires them to fill in the blanks in various sentences with their own adjectives. In the final exercise, students determine whether “a” or “an” should be used with each noun or adjective. All of these exercises test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the lesson material.


For the homework assignment, students first read a passage and circle all of the adjectives. If they have trouble, a parent or other family member may help them. Next, they must use five specific adjectives in sentences that they write, such as “slow,” “black,” and “small.” This assignment demonstrates their ability to identify use adjectives correctly in a sentence.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet and the homework assignment. The answer key lists all of the correct answers in red. The answer key for the practice worksheet notes that students’ answers will vary for the second exercise. For the homework assignment answer key, it also notes that the answers for the second exercise will vary, but it lists some example answers that would suffice. There is no answer key provided for the activity worksheet because students’ answers will vary. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


2nd Grade


Language Arts, Video

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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