Teachers know that many students have some common adjectives that they rely on heavily. Words like “big,” “pretty,” and “fun” permeate many student’s writing. These language arts activities work to expand vocabulary and improve writing skills while creating a big, pretty and fun bulletin board. Make that a giant, eye-catching and enjoyable bulletin board! These lesson plan ideas can really be personalized for 2nd through 6th grade
The idea is to come up with the ten, or more, of the most commonly used and underwhelming descriptive words in your student’s writing. My recent list looked like this.
- 1. pretty
- 2. nice
- 3. hot
- 4. hard
- 5. fun
- 6. big
- 7. little
- 8. sad
- 9. great
- 10. blue
For each of these spring and Easter activities and bulletin boards there are three options.
Each student could be given one word and asked to find several synonyms.
Each student could be asked to find one alternative for each word.
Students could work in small groups to find many adjectives that could be better descriptive words.
To reinforce the vocabulary building and create a bulletin board for spring, students will create a model to display what they’ve learned.
Easy Easter Language Arts Bulletin Board
For this activity kids will create a paper Easter basket. Brown grocery bags can be an excellent media for making the basket. The common adjective will be written on the basket. The alternative synonyms will each be written on an Easter egg that is attached to the basket. Now you will have a beautiful Easter bulletin board and kids will have a great reference right in the classroom for choosing descriptive words for their writing like saying “friendly” instead of nice.”
Blooming Spring Language Arts Bulletin Board
For this activity students will make paper flowers. The underwhelming adjectives will be written in the center of the flower and the petals will display the more colorful adjectives. Your spring bulletin board is done and students will have a quick reference for writing “challenging” instead of “hard” and “navy” instead of “blue.”
Bird’s Nest Spring Bulletin Board
For this spring bulletin board have students create a tree with branches. Again, brown grocery bags can create a fabulous tree trunk and limbs. The language arts lesson will be displayed in the birds nest with common words on the nest and better descriptive words on the eggs. Now vocabulary can take flight with a classroom reference to turn “hot” into “steaming” and “little” into “miniature.”