In my daughter’s first grade class, they have been learning a ton about adjectives and making a special point of using them in all of their sentences. It is an important part of the learning process to utilize good words to describe what you are talking about. My little teacher’s pet loves the concept and has spent parts of her fall break finding colorful ways to explain everything from her New York trip to the yummy macaroni and cheese at Panera. So when we found the book “If you were an Adjective” a few weeks ago at the library, I knew it was going to be something that she enjoyed.
This great book by Michael Dahl is part of a four book word fun series that includes if you were a noun, a verb, an adjective and an adverb. We have nouns and verbs down, so I’m going to have to go check the adverb one out of our local library.
The book starts by telling kids to look for adjectives by finding the big color words in the example sentences throughout the book. If you were an adjective, then you would be…
Then, in simple language, it talks about all of the things that adjectives can do – they describe nouns, they tell us how something looks, sounds, feels or behaves. It also adds a section showing how adjectives can help you compare things.
With beautiful, bright pages the book can really capture the attention of a young child and show them how fun it is to use descriptive words.
While I was writing this post, I happened to also find this great blog post which says that not only did Michael Dahl write these great 4 books, but there are additional books in the series and some on math as well. Definitely worth checking out!