Parts of Speech Staircase


What’s the difference between a noun, verb, adverb, and adjective? Step up to this study tool to help you remember!


1. With Crayola® Anti-Dust Chalk, create an attributes chart to show the parts of speech your class is studying. For example, label four rows noun, verb, adverb, adjective. Label two columns what it is and examples. Work together as a class to define each part of speech and generate some word examples.

2. Make your own Parts of Speech Staircase by folding the top of one sheet of construction paper over about 1/4 of the way. Crease. Fold a second sheet so the top edge reaches down about 5/6 of the way. Crease. Place the second sheet inside the first. Glue along the folds with a Crayola Glue Stick.

3. Use Crayola Fine Line Markers to write the name of one part of speech on each flap in large letters. Write some word examples around each part of speech.

4. On the back of each flap write the definition and draw a picture to remind yourself of what that part of speech does. For example, draw some people, places, and things on the back of the noun flap. Draw figures in action on the back of the verb flap. Write descriptive words with pictures that demonstrate the traits on the backs of the adjective and adverb flaps.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • Look for words with colorful and interesting fonts in recycled magazines or make your own on the computer. Use Crayola Scissors to cut out nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. Glue to flaps of staircase.
  • Students with special needs or younger children may find it helpful to make one staircase for each part of speech. On the top flap write noun, on the second flap write what it is, on the third flap write examples, and on the bottom write sentences. Lift the top flap and write the definition of a noun above the label what it is. Add examples and sentences on the other two flaps. Use markers to add small pictures to illustrate your examples and sentences. Make separate staircases for verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.

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crayola supplies
  • Fine Line Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Anti-Dust® Chalk
  • Construction Paper



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Children grow in their understanding of the attributes of a noun, verb, adverb, and adjective, or other parts of speech.

  • Students produce a study tool using words and pictures to help them learn and remember the differences between parts of speech.


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