Adjectives - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Anagrams, Adjectives and Examples

ESL Common Adjectives Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

In this free common adjectives activity, students change anagrams into adjectives and then use each adjective in an example sentence. Divide the students into pairs and give each pair a copy of the worksheet. The students then change the anagrams on the worksheet into common adjectives of opinion, size, shape, age or colour, and write their answers in the 'Adjective' column on the worksheet. Afterwards, review the answers and meaning of each adjective with the class. Pairs score one point for each correct answer. Next, the pairs write an example sentence for each adjective. The sentences should be based on things in the classroom, e.g. 'My bag is small'. Students write their sentences on the worksheet next to each adjective. When the pairs have finished writing, they join with another pair. The pairs then take it in turns to read one of their sentences to the other pair. The other pair listens and judges the sentence. If the sentence describes the adjective and is grammatically correct, the pair scores one point. If the sentence is unsuitable or contains a grammar mistake, no points are awarded. Afterwards, the students tally up their scores from both activities. The pair with the highest score wins. Finally, there is a class feedback session to go through the students' sentences and give feedback.

Basic Adjectives Worksheet

ESL Basic Adjectives Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this adjectives worksheet, students learn and practice 12 basic adjectives. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching each adjective with its opposite. Next, students choose the correct adjective a or b and describe pictures using the adjectives. After that, students fill in gaps in sentences with suitable adjectives from Exercise B. Finally, the students unscramble words to make sentences containing adjectives from the worksheet.

A to Z Adjectives Board Game

ESL Adjectives Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun adjectives board game, students name adjectives beginning with a certain letter or name something that is related to an adjective. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a set of 'name two' cards and a set of 'name something' cards, a dice and counters. Have the students shuffle each set of cards and place them face down in a pile on the game board in their assigned space. Players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student to their right looks at the category on the square and takes the top card from the corresponding pile, without showing it to anyone. The student then reads the prompt on the card to the player. For the 'name two' category, the player must name two adjectives beginning with a certain letter. For the 'name something' category, the player has to name something that is related to the adjective indicated on the card. The other students listen and judge the player's response. If the player gives a suitable answer, they stay on the square. If not, the player goes back to their previous square. The card is then placed at the bottom of the pile and it's the next player's turn. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

Common Adjectives Crossword

ESL Common Adjectives Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this adjectives worksheet activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing common adjectives. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the adjectives down and Group B has the adjectives across. Working together, the students invent and write down clues for the adjectives written on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing adjectives, e.g. 'What's 3 across?' Their partner reads out the clue for that adjective and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student correctly guesses the adjective, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.

Crazy Sentences

ESL Adjectives Game - Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 55 minutes

Here is an entertaining adjectives activity to help students practice constructing sentences with certain adjectives and nouns. Divide the class into four teams. Give each team a set of adjective cards and a set of noun cards, which they shuffle and place face down on the desk in two separate piles. Set a three-minute time limit and each team turns over one adjective card and one noun card. The teams then race to construct the longest sentence possible with the adjective and noun and write it on the board. When the three minutes are up, check each team’s sentence. Award one point if a sentence is grammatically correct, another point for inventiveness and one point for every word in the sentence. If a team writes a grammatically incorrect sentence, they score no points, but other teams can steal a point by successfully correcting another team's sentence. Teams then discard the adjective and noun, turn over two new cards and the game continues. This process repeats until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Extreme Adjective Dominoes

ESL Adjectives Game - Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this entertaining adjectives activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching adjectives with their stronger equivalents. This activity helps students to learn to recognize adjectives, which have a similar but stronger meaning, e.g. angry and furious, cold and freezing, etc. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is turned over and placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that one of the adjectives on their domino matches with one of its stronger or weaker equivalents. The next player then puts down an adjective at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. When the students have finished, they can shuffle the dominoes and play another round.

Hand in my Pocket

ESL Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free adjectives worksheet activity, students complete a song gap-fill with adjectives and then discuss the meaning of the adjectives and song. Divide the class into five teams and give each student a copy of the song gap-fill worksheet. The students listen to the song "Hand in my Pocket" by Alanis Morissette and complete the gap-fill with adjectives. When the students have listened to the song two times, they compare and discuss their answers in their teams. The students then listen to the song one more time and confirm their answers with their teammates. After that, teams take it in turns to choose a number and write the missing adjective on the board. Teams receive one point for each correct adjective and one point for spelling. If a team spells an adjective incorrectly, another team can steal a point by being the first to correct the spelling. After all the words have been written on the board and the winning team has been announced, the students discuss the meaning of the adjectives and song.

The Category Game

ESL Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding adjectives worksheet activity, students play a game where they race to categorize adjectives and then make sentences with them. Divide the students into teams of two or three and give each team a copy of the worksheet. The teams then race to categorize the adjectives of opinion, size, age, shape, colour, origin, material and purpose in the box on the worksheet and write them under the appropriate heading. The first team to categorize all the adjectives correctly scores five points. Next, call out an adjective from the worksheet at random, e.g. delicious. The first student to give the correct category (i.e. adjective of opinion) and make a meaningful sentence with the adjective (e.g. This pizza tastes delicious.) scores a point for their team. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. This activity can also be used as a standalone worksheet.

Connect 4 - Adjective + Preposition Combinations

ESL Adjective-Preposition Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is an entertaining adjectives activity to help test students’ knowledge of adjective-preposition combinations. Divide the students into groups of three. Two students in each group compete against each other while the third student acts as referee. Give the two students in each group a copy of the Game 1 grid and the referee a copy of the Game 1 answers. The two students take it in turns to choose a square and add a preposition to the adjective in the square in order to make a suitable adjective-preposition combination. The referee checks whether each adjective-preposition combination is correct or not. The referee then tells the student if they are right or wrong. If the adjective-preposition combination is correct, the student crosses out the adjective and writes their name in the square. Play then passes to the other student and so on. The first student to connect four squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game. If no one manages to get four in a row, the student with the most squares wins. When the game has finished, the student who was the referee plays the winner and the loser becomes the referee. The groups then continue with a Game 2 grid. After everyone has played, the groups repeat the two games, but this time they must make an appropriate sentence with the adjective-preposition combination to win the square.

Restaurant Reviews

ESL Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this adjectives worksheet, students learn adjectives to describe atmosphere, food, service and cost, and practice using them in restaurant reviews. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by writing details about the name, atmosphere, food, service and cost of a real or imaginary restaurant. Students then categorize 24 adjectives, according to which aspect of a restaurant experience they best describe. Next, have the students add any other adjectives they can think of to the categories. Students then move on to complete a review of their real or imaginary restaurant using the adjectives from Exercise B. After that, students tell a partner the details of their restaurant from Exercise A. Students note down the details of their partner's restaurant and then write a restaurant review using the adjectives from Exercise B to describe the atmosphere, food, service and cost. Students also say whether they would recommend the restaurant and give it a score out of five. Finally, have the students read their restaurant review to their partner and discuss any similarities or differences.

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