How to Teach Possessive Adjectives in a Fun Way

Once your students have an understanding of subject pronouns and object pronouns, it is important to introduce them to possessive adjectives. We at Off2Class want to help you do this as easily as possible! This article will cover how to teach possessive adjectives in a fun and effective way. It also includes a free lesson plan download. It is a great lesson to use to introduce possessive adjectives to English Learners (ELs) at an early stage in their learning. Keep reading for even more information about how to teach possessive adjectives in a fun way! 

What does this lesson plan include? 

This lesson plan includes useful tables with information on subjects and possessive adjectives. It also includes examples of how to correctly and incorrectly use possessive adjectives and nouns in sentences. Additionally, it contains several pictures that help to support student comprehension.

This lesson is chock full of activities to help students understand how to use possessive adjectives. Most students enjoy the gap-fill exercises, particularly ones where they talk about themselves. It is really important that you get students to use possessive adjectives repetitively and in useful contexts so that they retain information. Essentially, this lesson plan includes activities that encourage students to do exactly that.

You can download the lesson plan below:

So, are there ways to teach possessive adjectives in a fun way? 

Of course, there are! Though this lesson plan is long, it includes activities and images that keep the lesson entertaining and dynamic. In addition to completing the activities provided, you can incorporate games. One of the best ways to teach possessive adjectives in a fun way is to have your students interact with their environment. For example, you could ask a student to pick up their favorite object around them and ask them to describe it using the appropriate possessive adjective. 

Another activity you can use with a single student or an entire group revolves around family. Of course, it’s important to gauge whether or not this activity is appropriate to use with your students. So please, use your discretion. The game works like this: students bring in a picture of their family to share with others in the class. Then they take turns describing members of their family. After this, students can take turns sharing. Students must describe relationships amongst family members of objects belonging to them. In general, avoid having students describe physical appearances or other controversial aspects.   

Finally, to teach possessive adjectives in a fun way you should utilize the technology and tools available to you. If you have access to a whiteboard feature, whether it is via Off2Class or Zoom, use it. Start by writing different possessive adjectives on the board. Then instruct your student(s) to draw an image of a person with something. For example, you can instruct them to do something like, “draw a boy with an apple”. Once they complete the drawing, you can ask them a related question. For example, “whose apple is it?”. Then they can respond verbally or write the sentence. How you proceed is up to you! It also can be effective to incorporate funny or bizarre objects/vocabulary into this activity.

Do not forget!

If you decide to use this lesson, you do not have to finish it in one session. You can incorporate it with games and other modes of practice. Also, remember that there are so many resources available to you. Be sure to download a free Off2Class account so you can access teacher notes and other relevant lesson plans. Finally, have fun with this topic. There are so many ways to teach possessive adjectives in a fun way. We certainly hope that this lesson helps. We would love to hear how you teach possessive adjectives in the comments below. Happy teaching! 


  • caro says:

    May 25, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing such an useful worksheet.

  • Precious Tsodzai says:

    June 20, 2023 at 1:16 am

    Thank you very much this was very helpful

    • Christine Chan says:

      June 22, 2023 at 1:54 pm

      Of course, so glad you’re enjoying these posts!

  • Cindy says:

    November 16, 2023 at 4:08 am

    Hi there l need you help. I have an upcoming interview in which l have to use the possesive adjectives His/Hers. How can l start that lesson to learners who are 7/8 years and how would l teach the link to gender, possession how would l review yes or no answers

    • Christine Chan says:

      November 24, 2023 at 10:45 am

      Hi Cindy,

      Great question! You can post that question in the official Off2Class Facebook group to see what other ESL teachers say:

      Happy teaching!

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