Identifying adjectives

Home learning focus

To learn that adjectives describe nouns and be able to identify them in a sentence.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand adjectives

  • three activities.


Watch this clip to learn about what adjectives are and how they are used.

Learn more about adjectives.

An adjective is a word that describes a noun (the name of a thing or a place).

For example: It was a terrible book.

The word 'terrible' is an adjective. It tells us what the book (the noun) was like.

Adjectives can come before or after a noun.

  • The book she read on holiday was terrible
  • She read a terrible book on holiday

Try putting adjectives in different places in your sentences to make your writing more interesting.

If you want to describe a noun in detail, you can use more than one adjective.

For example: She had a mouldy, smelly, overpriced sandwich.

When you have a list of adjectives like this, separate them with commas.

Watch the following clip to learn about different adjectives that you may use to describe common nouns.

See how adjectives are used to describe nouns in daily life.


Activity 1

Check how well you understood the videos by completing these two short activities.

1. Highlight all the adjectives that are used in the sentences.

Remember: Adjectives describe a noun. If you find the noun first, it’s easier to find the adjective.

2. Now complete the adjective quiz. How many can you get correct out of fve?

Activity 2

Complete the Finding adjectives activity sheet.

You need to read each of the sentences and circle all the adjectives that are used. Then, rewrite five of the sentences using different adjectives.

If you can't print out the sheet, write a list of the adjectives that are in each sentence.

Top tip!

You could use a thesaurus or an online thesaurus to find different adjectives. If you're not sure how to use a thesaurus, you can find out here.

Finding adjectives activity sheet

Activity 3

Using adjectives will make your writing much more descriptive. But to make your writing even more impressive, you need to choose your adjectives carefully and use the most powerful ones.

For example:
The girl stood under the big tree.
The girl stood under the massive tree.

By choosing powerful adjectives you can give the reader a much clearer picture in their head.

Task: Complete the Powerful adjectives activity sheet.

You need to add a more powerful adjective from the word list into each sentence.

Top tip!

Read all the options before you choose your adjective.

Powerful adjectives activity sheet

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about using adjectives in your sentences.

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