Ordering and Classifying Adjectives (4th Grade) FREEBIES! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Ordering and Classifying Adjectives (4th Grade) FREEBIES!

In fourth grade, Common Core Language Standard 4.1.D says students should correctly order adjectives within sentences... before they can order them, though, they have to understand how to classify different adjectives. I created these cards with various adjectives-
Adjective Card Freebie with Ideas by Jivey
which you can download for free!
I put three of each kind into four Ziploc bags and split my kids into four groups. I quickly made a sorting mat for them on 12x18 paper, folded into eighths, then had them work as a group to figure out where the words fit on their mat.
Adjectives  with Ideas by Jivey
Some of the words are a bit tricky because they aren't words they hear on a daily basis. Also, opinion and condition words can get hard to determine! I told them to remember a condition can be proven, while an opinion is only what someone thinks and someone else might not think the same... the students rotated to all four sets of adjective cards to practice sorting them.

We are doing this activity with my Mentor Sentence Freebie for The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. The sentence has three different types of adjectives, so we talk about the classification of them. The accordion interactive notebook activity can be found in my Volume 2 Language Arts Notebook Companion for THIRD Mentor Sentence Unit. My students had to write one adjective from each group on their accordion once I told the group that their words were all in the correct places. (By the end of all four rotations, they had four words in each category.)
Adjectives  with Ideas by Jivey
They did a great job talking about why they thought the words went in each category, and at the end of the day, several of them said it was their favorite thing they did today! (I always ask them on their way out the door to tell me their favorite thing we did that day.)

Tomorrow, I will have them use their words from their accordion to describe a few nouns of their choice- and I want them to try to list at least four types of adjectives (in order of course)! I hope these activities are things you can use, too. Enjoy!


  1. Love it! Thanks for sharing! I've already read The Stranger, but this is the perfect excuse to revisit the text!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. This would be a great activity in middle school too! They need to amp up their word choice in their essays and this would help! Thanks!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. Thank you so much for sharing such terrific ideas! It made my day a whole lot brighter!

  4. I can definitely use this! This is something I struggle to explain myself sometimes. Thanks for the freebie!!

    Mrs. Laffin’s Laughings

  5. This is such a great activity. Thank you so much for offering it as a freebie! It is so important that students get the opportunity to play with language in a hands-on, meaningful way. Until they can grasp the vocabulary at a deeper level, they cannot manipulate it and use it to craft their story. I will be sharing the link to your post with friends. Thanks again!

    Mrs. D
    The Third Wheel

  6. Thank you so much for sharing such great ideas! Love this post!
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  7. I used the little accordion-fold activity earlier this year when you first put that out, and it was good. Next year will be even better because I will have this sorting activity! Thank you for sharing it! (We'll be doing your mentor sentence from Snow Globe Family next week. Can't wait!)

  8. Thank you for generously sharing your ideas, lessons and freebies. It is teachers like you who make the rest of us better teachers. How lucky for our students. I appreciate all you do; thank you.

    1. Thank you for such kind words! I appreciate you for it! People like you are why I keep sharing! :)

  9. I teach ESL and this is fabulous!!! Thanks so much for sharing!


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