Hi teacher friend! Let’s talk grammar. Please stop yawning! I know grammar has gotten a bad rap, but there are ways to teach it effectively to the kiddos in your classroom while making it memorable and FUN! Let’s take a quick look at some fun grammar activities…
Grammar Activities, Fun?
“Why, whatever do you meme?”
Have you seen any of the funny grammar memes about the importance of punctuation? One shows a drawing of an elderly woman, and above it are these sentences: “Let’s eat Grandma!” and “Let’s eat, Grandma!” Below the picture of grandma is the statement, “Punctuation saves lives!”
We can laugh at that sarcastic grammar lesson, but the humor does help it stick in our minds, doesn’t it? It definitely helps if we can make grammar fun for the kiddos we teach.
Fun Grammar Card Games and Learning Activities
Although grammar doesn’t have a reputation for being the life of the party, games can help make it memorable.
“Go Fish,” “Mad Libs” and plenty of other children’s games or activities can be modified to help teach grammar rules and concepts. Take a few minutes to go fishing around in Pinterest or surf the net and you’ll find a boatload of fun games. Rather than hand out a list of boring grammar rules, cement the concepts with lively and memorable learning games!
Word Walls and Anchor Charts
Word walls and anchor charts have been around a while, but they still work to keep grammar terms and language conventions visible and in the forefront. Use these visual aids to help kids learn and memorize parts of speech and other important terms they’ll encounter. Save Grandma! Help your kiddos learn and internalize the rules of good sentence structure.
Teach it With a Mentor Text
Model good sentence structure and correct grammar with the use of engaging mentor texts during read alouds. Point out examples of good sentence structure as well as correct punctuation and capitalization. Help your kiddos learn to appreciate the author’s effective use of descriptive adjectives.
There are a number of great books that teach grammar with a fun or humorous twist. You might want to incorporate some of these adorable Brian Cleary books into your grammar or writing lessons:
- A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun?
- Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective?
- To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb?
- Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb?
Fun Grammar Activities, Digital-Style
In addition to books, there are a huge number of fun videos and short clips you can show to teach grammar. Just do a quick Pinterest or Google search and you’ll find plenty of resources. PBS has some great Electric Company grammar clips online. You can even find a few of the old “Schoolhouse Rock” videos! Visually engaging, fun content goes a long way if you want to make grammar lessons memorable! And although some grammar rules can be tricky to remember, if you put them into songs with catchy tunes, they’re golden! The results will be two-fold: You’ll have a song stuck in your head for days, but your students will have a grammar rule memorized for life!
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I hope this quick run-through of ideas will help you make grammar lessons fun and engaging for the students in your classroom. There are good reasons for this standard requirement, but there’s no reason it can’t be fun!
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