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Using Mad Libs in the Classroom: Verbs and Adjectives (Gr. 1-3)

Verbs and Adjectives (Gr. 1-3)

Use the Mad Libs® books to supplement your lower elementary teachings about verbs and adjectives with these activities for use with Mad Libs®. Use the Mad Libs® books in your classroom, or allow your students to enjoy Mad Libs® online!

Verbs (Gr. 1-3)

Review that verbs are words that show action, and give several examples. Have several children demonstrate actions for classmates to identify. List these verbs on a word wall. Then point out the list of verbs in a Mad Libs® word list and ask volunteers to act out several.
Color Coding Verbs
Have children hunt for verbs in a Mad Libs® stories and use a pencil to circle each action verb they find. Then give children two colors of markers and have them use them to highlight present-tense verbs in one color and past-tense verbs in the other.
Verb Switch
Review rules for adding -ed to verbs to tell about the past. Then give each child a two-column chart headed Now and In the Past. Have children select at least ten present-tense verbs (some of which end in e) from a Mad Libs® word list and story and write them in the Now column. Invite partners to exchange lists and write each verb in the past tense.
Irregular Verb Concentration
Remind children that not all verbs add -ed to tell about the past. Give examples of irregular verbs, such as run/ran or see/saw. Have children find six irregular verbs in Mad Libs® stories and write the present and past tense for each on separate index cards. Partners can combine their cards and use them to play Concentration.
Contraction Climb
Draw a ladder on the chalkboard and model how to "climb" it by writing a contraction and the words that form it on the bottom rung. Have partners draw a similar ladder and work together to find contractions in Mad Libs® stories. Challenge them to "climb" to the top with a different contraction on each rung.

Adjectives (Gr. 1-3)

Review that adjectives are words that describe or tell more about a noun. Give examples by describing people, places, or things in the classroom. Then have children name other examples. Record these adjectives on a word wall.
Adjective Puzzles
Have children find five adjectives in a Mad Libs® word list or story and use them to create a puzzle. Tell children to write a clue for each adjective and draw a short line for each letter in the word. Then have children exchange puzzles and solve them.
Adjective Sort
Challenge children to look through Mad Libs® word lists or stories for adjectives that tell how many. Have them write each one on a separate index card and then sort the cards into two groups: adjectives that give an exact number and adjectives that do not.
Picture This!
Review rules for adding -er and -es to show comparisons. Then post a list of comparative adjectives from Mad Libs® word lists or stories. Have children pick an adjective and use it to write and illustrate sentences that compare.

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