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Let’s Get Poppin’ with Adjectives {First Grade Adjective Activity}

If you're looking for a fun way to teach adjectives, look no further! This lesson plan uses the process of popping popcorn to help students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade understand exactly what an adjective is using their five senses to really experience the popcorn! Teachers will love the simplicity of the activity and students will love this engaging and edible way to learn about adjectives!
First of all, y’all are crackin’ me right up with all the pencil commentary.  I’m just glad I’m not alone!  Thanks for commiserating 😉
Secondly, let’s discuss teaching my kididdles adjectives.  I decided we needed something a little more substantial than the totally un-fun and completely un-engaging pencil-and-paper activities in my reading series (which is Treasures, btw).  Don’t get me wrong, I really like some things about our reading series, but worksheets alone aren’t going to teach my pumpkins about descriptive words.
They really need concrete experiences to learn – especially at six- and seven-years-old.  Right?!
Insert the old standby – popcornFreshly popped right in front of them popcorn.
{And, btw, it was oh-so-cool to use an air-popper to pop it!  Most of them had only ever used a microwave and using an air-popper was pretty much *12 kinds* of fun!  Especially watching the popcorn waterfall dump into our big silver bowl!  It was like MAGIC!}
After encouraging them to truly experience the popcorn – it’s smell, texture, appearance, and taste – we met to discuss the many adjectives that could describe this yummy afternoon treat.
Afterwards, of course, we like totally had to do a fun little art project.  They turned out super cutie!
{If you’re interested in this activity, you can check it out in my TpT store.  It includes the activity sheet my students completed after we met to discuss popcorn adjectives, writing paper, a literacy center (+ corresponding recording sheet), a sample lesson plan, and some templates for the whole-group graphic organizer I made. Read the description for more detail.  Click HERE to go see!}

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