All About Adjectives

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11896

Do you want an interesting, fun, educational, easy, colorful lesson about how to describe something using simple, creative, beautiful words? Get ready to race to a photo finish using nice adjectives!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Describe the tiger in the picture to your parent or teacher, using as many words as you can. Try it without letting him or her see the picture! What kind of words did you use?

There are many ways to describe the tiger in the picture you just saw.

The words you used to describe the tiger are called adjectives. Adjectives are words that are used to describe nouns. You can use adjectives to describe how something looks, feels, sounds, smells, acts, and tastes. Adjectives can also be used to describe how many there are of something, what color something is, the size of something, and the shape of something.

You are going to learn about ways to use adjectives to make your sentences more creative and interesting. Are you ready to go? Fantastic! You can use the chart below at any time to help you think of adjectives:

Physical Appearance Size Shape
Color Temperature Age
Pattern Ethnicity (Background) Material
Amount Sound Texture
Taste Smell Behavior


You can use adjectives to describe how something looks. Take a look at the two pictures below. With the help of your parent or teacher, read the sentence below each picture. The adjective in the sentence will be bolded:


"Pretty" and "scary" are words that can be used to describe the way something looks. They are adjectives! There are many other ways to use adjectives in sentences. You will read some examples that describe how something feels, sounds, tastes, and smells. Read the sentences below aloud to your teacher:


Did you read all of the sentences? If so, great work! If not, go back and read the sentences. All of the sentences you read contained adjectives. Soft describes how something feels, loud describes how something sounds, stinky describes how something smells, and sweet describes how something tastes.

There are more ways you can use adjectives! Check out the examples below. Read each example aloud to your parent or teacher:

The examples you read all contain adjectives. The word "two" is used to describe how many dogs are at the park. The adjective "round" is used to tell the shape of the ball. What does the adjective "big" tell you about the elephants? Tell your parent or teacher.

That’s right! "Big" is an adjective that is used to describe the elephant’s size. What do the adjectives "blue" and "orange" tell you about the girl’s hands? Tell your parent or teacher. The adjectives "blue" and "orange" describe the colors on the girl’s hands.

You saw many examples of adjectives being used in sentences. In the Got It? section, you will learn an adjective song and play an online adjective game!

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