Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Many Luscious Lollipops

Hi Dear Friends!  It’s Hope King from Second Grade Shenanigans and let me just say that I am CAH-RAZY excited  to be “guest blogging” here at Crazy for First Grade. Anna’s blog is filled with such fabulous ideas and was one of the very first blogs to inspire me to really beef up my instruction. Isn’t she awesome?!?   
Today, I am here to talk about all things delicious and tasty and scrumptious…ADJECTIVES!  I mean is there really a better month to talk about adjectives than in the month of October? How can you not cook up spicy words when talking about pumpkins, apples and all of those spooky Halloween costumes?  Lately, my budding authors have been hard at work adding a touch of adjectives here and there in their writing. One of the lessons that I look forward to the most during my little adjective unit is a lesson that I like to call “Many Luscious Lollipops.” {You’ll see the meaning behind the title in 3…2….}

Love, love, LOVE this book! It is a perfect beginning to an adjective study. However, it does get a little intense as you get close to the end. If you teach the youngsters, you may want to give it a little “preview” before your lesson and only read up until a certain point.
After reading Many Luscious Lollipops, we talk about the “Power of the Senses” and as a class, we think of ways that we can make our writing powerful by appealing to our reader’s five senses. Next, I bust out the ULTIMATE attention getter…candy…lollipops to be exact.  The students work to describe their lollipop using their five senses. {Just a little tip: I tell them they must describe taste last! I am always afraid that their lollipop will be GONE before they get one word on their paper! J}  After the activity, the students share adjectives that they used to describe their lollipop. I usually add new adjectives to our chart.
Here is the recording sheet that we use:
Finally, after the students become “adjective experts” it is time for them to become the teacher…BUT…not for other students….for their PARENTS!!! I tell the students that it is time to give their parents a little homework! {Pause for a few seconds here due to the level of excitement that will be going on in your room! You may need to alert the teacher next door that there is NOT an emergency in your room and everything is just fine! J} Seriously…the kids go absolutely crazy over the idea. That day, the students take home a parent activity that matches what they completed earlier.
We attach a Dum Dum to the sheet above and it is the parents turn to think of adjectives to describe their lollipop. I always “act” like I am just POSITIVE that the parents will need a tremendous amount of help and that I know the students are going to have to reteach them all about adjectives! They think this is hysterical and cannot WAIT to get back the next day and tell all about the adjective lesson they had with their parents.  This activity really gets them excited about including adjectives all throughout their writing. In fact, we will even have to discuss that although adjectives make our writing better, we do not actually need 25 in each sentence! J
I have put together a few adjective resources for you to use with your kiddos. You can {CLICK HERE} if you would like to download these activities.
I hope that you are all having a week filled with wonderful experiences in your classroom. Thanks again to Anna for allowing me to share this little idea with all of you! Happy Wednesday Friends!

7 comments:

Kerri and Lindsay said...

This is TOO CUTE!! I'm gonna have to find that book and read it to my chitlins!!
Thanks for sharing!
Kerri B
teacherbitsandbobs.blogspot.com

Meridith said...

I love this book! I have it in my collection and will be using this activity with it. Thanks so much for sharing an awesome idea.

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Love that book! Awesome activities!!
Jennifer
laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
First Grade Blue SKies

Mrs. Geier said...

Such a great activity! I would LOVE to use this but am having difficulty with Google Docs. Would you be willing to email them to me please? My email is natalie.held@isd742.org

Thank you so much!

The Johnson's said...

You are so talented! I love this idea! Such a fun way to teach great concepts. Thank you so much for sharing, I love your blog!
I was wondering if I could ask you a question also? I have tried to upload a document picture, like your lollipops activity to my personal blog from my google docs, but I cannot figure it out! Could you possibly enlighten me how to post the picture of a document to a blog, and also have the link go to google docs after clicking on the picture? I'd be so grateful if you'd reply to this comment and tell me how it's done. Thank you so much! I love all your fun ideas!

Angela said...

Thank you for this activity! I was *sure* I had that book, as I have the rest in the series, but I figured out I don't. I'm going to follow your activity, but use "Hairy, Scary, Ordinary What Is an Adjective?" instead. I'm excited and I know my 1st/2nd kids will love it!

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Mrs. M said...

I LOVE all the colors! This is great! I did a similar activity with 5th grade students and lifesavers when I student taught. They couldn't believe they were getting to eat candy. I can't wait to see what my first graders will do! Thanks!