Spin a Noun-Write Adjectives

Spin a noun and write adjectives!  This is a great game to help students learn, practice and solidify their knowledge of nouns and adjectives.

Common Core State Standards

This game goes well with descriptive writing prompts and can address the following Common Core State Standards:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.F, L.2.6 and L.3.1.A.

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Two Magnetic Spinners

You’ll need two magnetic spinners* to play.

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Draw two circles on the board.  The left circle should be divided into 8 or 16 sections.

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Ask the children to give you nouns to write in the first circle.

write adjectives

Number the second circle 2-9 or 1-4.  This number represents the number of adjectives that children have to write to describe the noun.

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For smaller groups (up to 8) I divide the board into 4 sections.  A pair is assigned to each section.

For larger groups, I divide the group into pairs.  I give each pair a small white board, dry erase marker and a sock to serve as an eraser.  You can purchase a class pack on Amazon*.

Choose a pair of students to spin the two wheels.

One partner in each pair takes a turn writing a list of adjectives that describe the noun.  For example, if a child spins clown and 5, their board might look like this:

Continue play until each pair of students has had a chance to spin or your allotted time runs out!

Print the Instructions

Here are the instructions for you to print out and use.

Writing Prompts

We played this game after writing the following prompt:

State Fair-Descriptive Event

5 Minute Descriptive Lists

A Slinky on Stairs-Descriptive Story

Dance at Grandpa’s–Descriptive Family Event