Subject Area: LA, Character Building
National Standard: N/A
(NOTE: Depending on the size of your class, you will want to do this lesson in January so that you have enough days to highlight one student per school day until Valentine’s Day. Make sure you choose an order to go in and announce that ahead of time so that students know when to expect to see theirs.)
1. Review the definition of an adjective (a word or phrase that describes someone or something) with your class.
2. If your class is not familiar with what an acronym is, teach this concept and do a sample acronym with a fun word (like “pizza”) as a class.
3. Mix up the notepad sheets and start each one with a classmate other than the one listed on the sheet. Have each student try to come up with one adjective for the student listed on their sheet that would positively describe that classmate AND fit one of the letters of that student’s name. It may be helpful to have a few thesauruses around if students get stuck on a word.
4. Have students trade sheets when they’ve added a word to their current classmate’s acronym. Encourage them to add a second word to a letter that already has a word IF they can’t come up with an adjective for a blank letter.
5. Continue until all the letters are filled for each student’s name. You, the teacher, may have to come to the rescue and get creative with a word or phrase, especially for less common letters like XYZ. That’s okay! Keep it fun and positive and encouraging!
6. Make sure to plan out what day to start so that no student gets left out before Valentine’s Day. For example, if you have 20 students, I would start around January 15th, giving each student one day to be celebrated. Make this a class ordeal! LOVE on each student equally and celebrate their differences!
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