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
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!