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Language and Communication Use "is" to join a noun to an adjective  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Use "is" to join a noun (thing) to an adjective (describing word) for example "The monster is green." When "is" is used like this it is called a copula.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP48
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Sentence Sequencing cards

Cards showing a range of nouns and adjectives plus the words "the" and "is". See: for examples. Or find them from this page:

Pencil and paper (optional)

1. Lay the word "is" on the table in front of the child. Put the word "the" to the left of this, with a gap in between them. Check that the child can read both words;

2. Put one of the noun cards into the gap between the words "the" and "is";

3. Put one of the adjective cards after the word "is";

4. Read the sentence to the child (e.g. "the monster is green");

5. Encourage the child to make up new sentences in the same manner. It doesn't matter if the sentences are silly;

6. You can use the paper to record the sentences made, or for the child to draw an appropriate picture on.

Only suitable for children who can read simple single words.

What's in the bag?

Feely bag containing a range of objects (choose objects appropriate for the children you are working with);

"is" cue card as previous activity.

1. Encourage the child to pull an item out of the bag and describe it (e.g. "the teddy is cuddly", "this cup is red");

2. Use the cue card to prompt them if they forget to use the word "is".

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