The Ultimate Adjectivity! I Mean Adjective Activity.

스크린샷 2013-07-21 오전 11.01.51

Super Teacher Worksheets is such an integral part of my teaching experience that I often fail to give it due credit. To do so feels a bit like mentioning how much I appreciate what a good job the classroom pencil sharpener does. Like most important tools you just take it for granted. So today I’m going to explain one of the reasons I continue to fork out the modest subscription fee.

The site has an impressive number of language arts worksheets suitable for the EFL classroom on almost any topic you might need. Recently I’ve been reviewing the parts of speech with many of my classes and finding myself depending more and on the site’s resources to either fill the gaps in my textbooks or to provide extra practice in the class or at home.

Take this quaint little exercise that I love for practicing adjectives. Students are challenged to come up with an adjective for each letter of the alphabet about this adorable little kitty cat that belongs to someone, a delivery girl perhaps, named Kiki.

Kiki's kitty worksheet forcpracticing adjectives.You can get some really wacky answers when you let the students use their dictionaries (or when you grudgingly let certain inappropriate words slide for the sake of the activity). Here is a list put together from answers recently provided by my middle school students:

  • Kiki’s kitty is an artificial kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a bitchy kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a crazy kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a dangerous kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is an enormous kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a furry kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a gigantic kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a happy kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is an incredible kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a jelly kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a kind kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a lying kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a mischievous kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a naughty kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is an opinionated kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a poisonous kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a quiet kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a responsible kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a strange kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a twinkling kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is an ugly kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a violent kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a wonderful kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a xenophobic kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a yummy kitty.
  • Kiki’s kitty is a zealous kitty.

I also use the site extensively for its veritable library of reading comprehension worksheets and geography projects. Its series on the solar system is also impressive, as are its numerous worksheets generators and writing prompts. And there’s more, much, more.

Class Ideas: Another Noun Game

Last week, I shared some great noun games from Christina Gutierrez-Brewster (the first of which I used with great results). While searching for another fun activity to brighten up this week’s lesson on the difference between common and proper nouns, I came across “The Slouch Game”. You should check it out:

How about a video supplement to reinforce the concept of a proper noun? This smartly made animation should do just the trick. And just in case you haven’t had your fill of nouns, try listening to the greatest song ever written about them:

What on Earth did teachers do before YouTube?

Class Ideas: Noun Games

If you are teaching nouns to your class this week like I am then a few practice activities might be in order. Check out this great video from e-How for three solid games:

Today I’m going to give the first game a try. I’m planning to use a dice and if the student rolls a 1 or 2 they must name a place, a thing if they roll a 3 or 4, or a person if they roll 5 or 6. Then they can choose any letter of the alphabet to say their noun, but once a letter has been used it cannot be used again.

I’ll have an update after I try it.