Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Goofy Grammar!



It's true. Language rules can drive kids (and adults) a little goofy. Just where does that comma go? Which words need a capital? It goes on and on. The only way to really learn language is to use it again and again. But worksheet after worksheet is soul killing! So what are we to do?  There are so many fun activities out there that focus a kid's mind on grammar rules, plus games to make it fun.  If it's fun, they'll learn better, faster and retain material longer! Check out the ideas and games below to add some real pizazz into your grammar lessons!


Activities

1.  One of my favorite activities is to discuss with students grammar rules, such as avoid run-on sentences, don't use a double negative, and use apostrophe's correctly. Then asked them to write about that rule USING the "Don't do it!" that the rule is about. such as:

a.  Be careful about using a run-on sentence it makes it really hard to understand.

b.  Don''t you never use a double negative!

c.  If you use an apostrophe make sure you use it correct'ly.

Kids love this and it makes a great bulletin board! You can label it "Goofy Grammar!"


2.  Use Mad Libs....This is a GREAT way to teach parts of speach. Check out: http://www.redkid.net/madlibs/


3.  Play "Grammar Chairs".  It's just like musical chairs, except the student left without a place to sit can challenge any student sitting to a "grammar-off".  The teacher can ask a grammar question, or project an incorrect sentence on the board. The first student to answer wins the chair.


Games

AND as always, I have games for that! Kids need lots of practice, why not make that practice fun???  Check out the links below for some great language fun!! Let me know if you like them.

This one called, "Magical Capitals" is terrific for second and third graders. There's LOTS of great grammar games on this site!


If you haven't found Sentence Monkey yet, don't wait another minutes! LOTS of games that practice grammar skills (by skill). Games are easy to play as they are "drag and drop". This is a really good one for centers!



This is a terrific activity for a center/station. Students click on different parts of speech and get immediate feedback! There are four great games here!


I LOVE this site called "Grammar Bytes"! You do need to register, but it is free. Once you are registered you get free handouts, presentations, videos, and tips. What a find!


This terrific site has games for second, third and fourth graders that include contractions, kinds of sentences, spelling, grammar and more. The game shown is "Sentence Clubhouse". Kids build a clubhouse piece by piece by answering questions about sentences.


And of course, Grammar Gorillas! 


What grammar sites have you found that work well? Add them in the comments section! I'd love to visit your favorite sites!!






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