adjectives, verbs, and nouns oh my!

We use several writing programs in our classroom, but our main program that we use is Step Up to Writing. We like how this program helps our first graders understand what a sentence is and what parts of speech make up a sentence.
Step Up provides us with several lessons for teaching these parts of speech. This week we have really focused much of our writing instruction on adjectives, nouns, and verbs. We created anchor charts with our first graders for each of these parts of speech, and watched a few cute videos/songs. Our first graders really enjoyed this noun song {HERE} and they loved watching this verb show {HERE}.
We are have also been practicing identifying adjectives, nouns, and verbs, in our read alouds and have created word sorts for our kiddos.

Below is a January word sort freebie we'd love to share with you.
You can get it {HERE}

Some whole group sentence building activities have also been going on in our classrooms. We use 4 cards (see the picture below): who, action, what, and when and our kids take turns adding words to create a sentence. For example, the child with the who card might begin the sentence with the words "A cat". Then the child with the action card might state say the word "ate". The child with the what card might say, "it's food". The child with the when card might say, "in the morning". Finally each child would hold up their card again at a faster pace and put the words together. The sentence would sound like, "The cat ate it's food in the morning". Our kids LOVE creating sentences together like this, and we like how it's a great cooperative way to learn and have fun too! Oh and one last tip, the cards don't necessarily have to go in the order below. You could have the when card first.
Below are some cards that we created to use for this activity and we'd love to share them with you too! We created them in color and black and white, and have also created a set of smaller cards that could be used at a literacy center for sentence building. Just click below the picture to download!
Cards can be downloaded {HERE}

Have a fabulous weekend, and we'll be back in a few days with a Martin Luther King freebie and some crafty items!


  1. Those are some great freebies! Thank you!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Thanks for the freebie. On my blog I posted a verb activity that you might also enjoy to go with your unit.

    Also, sort of random, but do you live in Oregon? I thought I saw that on TPT. I live in Portland. Yay Oregonians! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. These are FANTASTIC! I can't wait to use them :) Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea! I can't wait to come back and read more great ideas and posts :) Have a wonderful rest of your weekend :)

    Lisa :) (new follower)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  4. Love all your ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Nice articles...

  6. Thanks for sharing. I also have used step up to writing and was thinking this week that we need to review sentences next week. We're still struggling with what makes a sentence and where the punctuation goes. Thanks for the great ideas. I'm a new follower and excited to learn from you. How fun to work and blog together!