Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cooperative Grammar

Grammar, grammar...blah, blah, blah. This topic can sometimes be very dull to teach. Please don't let it be! If you think it is dull, the students will think it is dull.  Teach like a pirate and hook them with what they like! I teach grammar using songs, videos and read alouds. We make Tree Maps and play charades. We do non-examples. We go on grammar safari hunts. 

My students love to draw and they enjoy being social, so the students in my Block 1 Literacy worked in groups to design posters displaying a location that contained nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Each student chose a slip of paper. There was a letter on the slip that correlated to one of the places--S for school, H for home, B for beach, M for mall, F for farm, Z for zoo, R for restaurant. Students who picked the same letter were grouped together. Brief directions for the activity were posted on the Smart Board after I showed them an example.

This activity required minimum prep work.

The students were creative and it allowed me to assess if students could distinguish between these three parts of speech.

Now we can move on to Common Core Standard  L.3.1 and learn about plural nouns, abstract nouns, irregular verbs, and comparative/superlative adjectives.

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