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Building Vocabulary With the Use of Adjectives Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #: AELP-VOC0014
Submitted by: Joana Schmidt
Email: mypita@westerncom.net
School/University/Affiliation: Concordia University
Endorsed by: Dr. Lora Knutson
             Concordia University Date: July 6, 1999 

Grade Level(s): 4


  • Language Arts/Vocabulary

Duration: 30 minutes Description: Teaching vocabulary with the use of adjectives through the use of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Goals: To familiarize students with adjectives through reading The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Objectives: The student will be able to:

  • use adjectives in order to describe nouns
  • use a specific adjective in a variety of sentences
  • Materials: Pfister, Marcus (1996). The Rainbow Fish . North South Books; ISBN: 1558585362


    1. The teacher will read aloud The Rainbow Fish, putting emphasis on the adjectives used to describe nouns.
    2. Discuss story and have students write down what they think an adjective is.
    3. Get feedback from students on activity 2.
    4. Define an adjective for the students.
    5. Start rereading The Rainbow Fish and have students pick out adjectives.
    6. Discuss why adjectives are important in the story.
    7. Possibly read one paragraph without the adjectives.
    8. Get feedback on the 1st reading with the adjectives and the 2nd reading without the adjectives.
    9. Finish reading while focusing on the adjectives.
    10. Play adjective game after all students understand the meaning and use of the adjective. Students sit on their desks and pass a ball to a player who then calls out an adjective. If the student cannot come up with an adjective quickly they are out and must sit back in their seat.
    11. Winner picks the next reading book.

    Assessment: Having the students pick out the adjectives in the story and have them tell why they are important.