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Grammar Fir Tree Activity (3–8)

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks... Continue Reading

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ideas To Get Students Writing Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented the quickwrite strategy. A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Consultant with the Wyoming Writing Project and co-presented a session on “Reading & Writing as Argument” at the University of Wyoming. The audience was composed of both elementary and secondary teachers. One anchor chart that was presented asked: What counts as writing?... Continue Reading

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference concluded just before Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. I had the wonderful opportunity to take Bradley, my oldest son... Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Tips for Revising Sentences Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet (6–12)

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only obscures ideas, but causes readers to become frustrated. Here are five strategies (with examples) that students can use to revise their wordy sentences. Continue Reading

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Meaningful Revision to Deepen Students' Writing

Teachers understand that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers... Continue Reading

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter (3–5)

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves. Upper elementary students can write a formal letter to a favorite author, and primary students can write friendly informal letters about the weather. Continue Reading

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | CG Writing Lessons K-5

Practice Combining Adjectives and Action Words This Summer, Grades 3–5

Last week I took my sons on a hike in a national park. The summery sunshine encouraged us to hike a couple of miles on the trails. Listening to my children talk made me think about ways in which young people use language. Specifically, the ways in which children combine adjectives and action words to create a scene and retell their observations of nature.

We saw a bald eagle soaring high in the sky. We saw fish swimming swiftly in the stream. We saw antelope munching grass in the meadow. (Can you tell we live in Montana?)

Descriptive writing comes to life when writers combine adjectives and action words.

An action word tells what someone or something does.

An adjective describes a noun by telling how many or what kind.

Summertime can be filled with adventures. Capturing those adventures through descriptive writing is a great way to keep students writing and thinking about language this summer.

 

PRACTICE COMBINING ADJECTIVES AND ACTION WORDS

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There are multiple opportunities for students to practice combining adjectives and action words!

Download my free worksheet, and have students make different combinations of adjectives and actions words this summer.

If you want students to write their own stories about their summer adventures, you can use the lined paper template (included in the download) so they can write their own descriptive story combining adjectives and action words to tell their summer adventure!

 

 

MORE SUMMER GRAMMAR ACTIVITIES:

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The Farm Editing Errors Activity

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