Describing Words in Writing

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 11153

Are you ready for a creative, fun, useful, clever, tasty, thoughtful, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lesson on using describing words? Then get a pencil and some snacks, and discover adjectives!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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Close your eyes as your parent or teacher reads these two short descriptions of a haunted house on Halloween.

"The house was large, beautiful, but naturally very noisy. The stairs creaked loudly when we walked up them, and the air leaked through the wood of the floorboards, wall, and windows making an eerie whistling sound" (

"As I stood, gazing at the dilapidated house, I shivered, as though ice had replaced my spine. The cold air enveloped my entire body. The multiple layers of clothing could not protect against the deathly cold. The walkway leading up to house was cracked. Weeds and dandelions poked out from these cracks. Red roses grew wildly in thick batches by the gate. The moonlight cast a ghoulish glow on the house. Vines formed a twisted maze upon the side of house, reaching their tentacles towards the roof. The house's walls showed black decay by neglect. Splotches of original paint hinted at the house's former prosperity. Cobwebs covered the corners of the doors; tiny black spiders threading towards their prey. The house was fit for the kings and queens of the supernatural" (

What do you feel as you hear each description of a haunted house?

If writers are really good, you can feel, see, and almost smell whatever they are describing.

Could you picture the houses as your parent or teacher was reading each description? Using describing words, called adjectives, makes a story much more exciting to read!

Check out this video about Adjectives – English Grammar for Kids (Common Core) (K-3). As you are listening to the video below, make a list of the adjectives you hear:


Let's now practice using adjectives in your sentences. Read the sentences below. Think about what adjectives you could use to describe the sentences in order to help the reader create more of a picture in his or her head. Share each of your new sentences with your parent or teacher:

  1. The teacher was scary.
  2. The lion ate the lizard.
  3. My ice cream melted on the floor.

Creating sentences with adjectives is fun! Let's listen to a fun book called Hairy, Scary, Ordinary!, by Brain P. Cleary. As you are listening to the book, listen extra-carefully for new words you might not know the meaning of. Quickly share them with your parent or teacher. Talk about the words when the video is finished:

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