Questions to ask for the Adjective:
Does this sound right?
Is this the way we talk?
Does this make sense?
- Familiarize the children with the farm.
- Bring the children’s attention to the characteristics about each animal by using as many descriptive words as possible.
- Show the children where you get the symbol tray.
- Have a seat with the children at a round table.
- Write the name of an animal from the farm on a slip of paper. (Write an animal for which there is more than one, for example: “The Horse”.)
- Have a child read the slip and then go and get the animal.
- Talk about how nice that horse is.
- But tell the child that it wasn’t the one you were thinking of because you didn’t give him enough information.
- Write on another slip, “black” and have the child go and get the black horse.
- Talk about how yes, that is the horse you were thinking of.
- Then place the slip “black” in front of the slip “the horse”.
- Have the child read it out loud: “black the horse”.
- Bring to the child’s attention that “black the horse” doesn’t sound right.
- Switch the slips so it reads “the horse black” and have the child read it out loud.
- Bring to the child’s attention that this also doesn’t sound right.
- Then show the child how we have to cut the “the” from the “horse” and then place these three slips of paper together to read “the black horse”.
- Bring attention to how that sounds correct.
- Introduce the symbols and tell the children that they will be used to mark the words.
- Introduce the child to the noun symbol and tell him that we use this to show the word that told us “what he got” (the horse/noun) and place it above the noun in the phrase.
- Take out the small dark blue triangle and tell the child that this shows us “which one” to get (sturdy) and place it above the adjective.
- Take out the small light blue triangle and tell the child that this shows us that “there is only one” (the) and place it above the article.
- Then have all of the children read the phrase.
- Repeat for other animals allowing the children to cut the “the” away from the noun and place the three slips in the correct order.
- Have the child read the phrase written on the prepared ticket and then go and get that one animal.
- Have the child use the symbols to show the noun, article, and adjective.
- Stay with the children until they each understand the procedure.
- The children go through the whole set with you or without you if they understand the procedure.
- Once done, the children put away the material.