“The Lonely Scarecrow” by Tim Preston and Maggie Kneen is a story full of colorful, descriptive language. Use this word sort as a group lesson or as individual practice to sort some of the nouns, verbs and adjectives found in the book.

Recommended Grade Level(s): First, Second, Third

Possible Accommodations:

Organization is key to completing this worksheet. To help students, several strategies can be used.

  1. Prompt student(s) to work on one column at a time. For example, start with the noun column. Cover the other columns with a piece of paper. Then, look at each word and determine if it is a noun. If so, have student write it in the noun column. Next, mark through the word so it is not used again and then continue to the next word. Do this for each column.
  2. Have student(s) write each word on an index card. Then, sort the words by putting them in stacks or columns based on what category they are in (noun, verb, adjective). Next, the words can be written in the table on the worksheet.
  3. For each word, have student(s) put the letter “n”, “v” or “a” beside it based on what type of word it is. Once complete, the words can be written in the table.
  4. For students who have difficulty remembering what a noun, verb or adjective is, provide definitions for each. Examples can also be given as well as patterns that help students identify the words (e.g. colors are adjectives because they describe, words that have had -ed added to them are verbs, etc.).

The Lonely Scarecrow Word Sort