Adjective/Adverb "Taboo"

Materials: several slips of paper with simple subject + verb sentences (The child laughed.) This game is played similar to the popular game of "Taboo."

Divide class into four equal teams. One member chooses a slip of paper with the sentence written on it. He/she then gives up to 5 adjectives to describe the subject (ex. small, young, cute, fair-haired, or sweet to describe "child"). The team then tries to guess the subject. If they are correct, the team scores 1 point. The clue-giver then gives up to 5 adverbs to describe the verb (ex. happily, humorously, gleefully, sweetly, joyfully to describe "laughed"). If the team guesses correctly, they earn 3 points.

If the team misses either the subject or verb, the next team has an opportunity to "steal" the points by having one of their members give one clue.

The player is disqualified if he/she gives a noun instead of an adjective or a verb instead of an adverb or gives more than a one-word description.

This is a great way for students to recognize the role of adverbs and adjectives in sentence construction.