When I was in school as a student, I spent a large amount of time diagramming sentences. Some because it was required and some because it was just fun. Yes, I was one of those students that loved drawing lines and connecting words in a diagram to see where it all fit.
In my teaching career, I have never found a student that loves to diagram and many in middle school have never even heard of the strategy. Sometimes I am just happy if they know what an adjective’s purpose is within the sentence. So, I strive to create grammar activities that cover the application of grammar rules while still being fun.
I wanted to share three FREE resources with you from my Stanton’s ELA Workshop TpT store for teaching Grammar.
This activity shows the importance of using pronouns in text. It comes with learning intention and ideas for lesson plan writing with teacher and student will dos, material list needed, and a worksheet using excerpt from Bridge to Terabithia. Great to teach how text looks without pronouns or a paired Grammar lesson if teaching this novel.
This activity shows the importance of using quotation marks with dialogue in order to tell when someone is speaking aloud. It includes learning intention and ideas for lesson plan writing with teacher and student will dos, material list needed, and a worksheet using excerpt from Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. Great to teach how text looks without quotation marks or can be used when teaching Jackson’s short story.
Students love to play the game four corners and love to get up and move around this class. Lets face it, many times students need to get up and move.
This game challenges students with choosing one correctly written sentence from a group of four while incorporating movement in the classroom. You can place the game pieces on the walls or on tables and it can be used as a warm-up, closure, or brain break activity.
Please check out these FREE resources to incorporate quick activities of Grammar in your ELA block while trying to keep the lessons fun and engaging. Know someone that needs ELA resources? Please share. Check out more resources at Stanton’s ELA Workshop.