Learning grammar has been compared to other fun things -- like having teeth pulled or being assigned detention. But it needn't be a painful experience with these five lessons that help teach grammar -- without the hammer! Included: Five fun activities.
Teaching the yearly grammar unit can be like giving a child cough medicine. Some students take it without flinching; others -- those with a mental block about grammar -- flinch at the mere mention of the word.
Teaching grammar has to be one of toughest tasks a teacher faces, but we all know that grammar skills are essential to students' success on standardized tests and college entrance exams, in their ability to communicate orally and in writing, and in life! So the more fun we can have with grammar -- and the more varied approaches we can use to teach it -- the more likely our students are to 'get it.'
This week, Education World offers a handful of lesson ideas to help you lighten up with grammar -- lessons to help you lessen the pain, if you will.
FIVE LESSONS FOR TEACHING GRAMMAR
Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
A fun activity reinforces synonyms and builds vocabulary skills. (Grades K-12)
Verbs and adverbs take center stage in this lively activity. (Grades 3-8)
Proper Noun Gallery Walk Activity
A gallery walk activity helps reinforce the concept of proper nouns. (Grades 3-12)
Students share their edits, then edit solo. Two humorous work sheets included. (Grades 3-8)
Parts-of-Speech Tall Tales
Kids write their own fill-in-the-blank tall tales. (Grades K-12)