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tough, blond moose and large, red-headed flower pot
Source: Tamara

quick, healthy pencil

Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8| Age: 8 - 14 yrs | Written by: Nancy Tompkins
[Nancy is an art teacher at St. Luke's School in New York City]

This lesson encourages drawing skills, imagination, and a sense of humor. Students will also learn about adjectives and nouns.

Vocabulary: What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. I started out by cutting up many little strips of paper.
  2. On one pile of paper strips I wrote adjectives, and on another, nouns (I made the words simpler or more sophisticated according to the age group.)
  3. I put the strips face down into two separate boxes.
  4. Each student took two strips from the adjective box and one from the noun box.
  5. They then had to do a drawing of what the words meant when put together.
  6. For example:

    • "Intelligent skinny poodle"
    • "Bratty angelic snowman"
    • "Friendly messy pencil"
    • "Tiny wiggly office building"
    • etc.

    Find more at the Adjective Noun generator!

  7. The trick is to think about adjectives that are easy to portray.

Students love this project!

Recommended Books/Products:

Fun With Grammar
75 Quick Activities & Games That Help Kids Learn About Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, and More : Grades 4-8

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Easy learning rich activities that tap into students' multiple intelligences and bring excitement and fun to your grammar lessons.

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