Learning Materials

Here is a range of materials for learning and teaching grammar. Have a look at the Learning Activities on this page for ideas on using this page.

Website for Children

Great site for kids and grammar; would be good on a Smartboard:
Thanks, Megan!

Lesson on Grammar

Grammar Game

"The teacher's noun is an adjective noun who verbs adverbly."

Fill in the blanks, like Mad Libs. The twist is that the first person to do it uses all A words, as in:
The teacher's aardvark is an awful aardvark who advocates arrogantly.

Encourage kids to help each other and if you have people volunteer for letters of the alphabet, they will all be engaged in figuring things out rather than just waiting for a predictable turn. You might want to have some possibilities in mind for difficult letters, but do give the kids a chance to figure out possibilities--because they may surprise you.

Parts of Speech Definitions

Here is some information that you may find useful:
Definitions of the 8 parts of speech:
Verb: Shows an action.
Adverb: Describes the verb or action.
Noun: Person, place, thing or idea.
Pronoun: Replaces the name with a title, example would be sally= she or her.
Adjective: modifies the noun, it is not able to stand alone. Ex. Scary bear.
Preposition: It is used before nouns, pronouns and adjective that expresses spatial, temporal, or other relationship.
Interjection: A word that expresses emotion. Ex. Oh Boy!
Conjunction: A word that connects words, phrases, and clauses. Ex. I would go shopping, but I have no money.

Using Parts of Speech in the Classroom

Ideas of how to use the 8 parts of speech in the classroom:
Adjective: The teacher will bring in a stuffed animal and have the kids write down words they can use to describe the animal.
Noun: Discovery learning. The teacher will give the students a list of words and the students put them in the categories to see what things they have in common and put them into three groups.
Pronouns: The teacher will give the students different pictures and have the student put pictures into different groups located around the room.
Verb: Play the freeze song and every time the song stops the students have to show a different action.
Adverb: We could have different words and have the students match the right ending to the word. We could have a worksheet and have the students pick out the missing word that makes the most sense.
Preposition- have the students look at an object and say what you could do to it, or where you could be positioned.
Conjunction- Watch the clip of schoolhouse rock and have the children use trains to connect the right words to form a complete sentence.
Interjections- Give each student a scenario and ask him or her what he or she would say in the certain situation to show emotion.

Web Resources on Grammar

Some website resources on grammar: Teaches grammatical rules by breaking them. A visual explanation of basic parts of speech. Parts of speech game Grammar Gorrilla

Rather than being something one masters at some mysterious age, grammar is actually something one spends a lifetime learning. You can start with the basics such as parts of speech and continue on to the finest points--dangling participles and so forth.

Many people fear teaching grammar because they feel they do not know enough themselves. Unfortunately, this perspective makes it hard to feel effective as a teacher. A more constructive approach is to decide that you and the students will explore and learn grammar together.

Fortunately, there are many many websites that can help in this endeavor. Here is an example:[[

Grammar Tutorials

One effective way to learn grammar is to take yourself through a tutorial. Here is a webpage that lists a number of free English grammar tutorials.

Children's Books on Grammatical Topics

There are also some wonderful children's books to help you teach various aspects of grammar:
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? (Words Are Categorical) (Paperback)
by Brian P. Cleary (Author), Jenya Prosmitsky (Illustrator)

If You Were an Adjective (Word Fun) (Paperback)
by Dahl (Author), Michael (Author), Gray (Illustrator), Sara (Illustrator)

Many Luscious Lollipops (World of Language) (Paperback)
by Ruth Heller (Author)

Up, Up and Away (World of Language) (Paperback)
by Ruth Heller (Author)

Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions (World of Language) (Paperback)
by Ruth Heller (Author)

How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones? (Words Are Categorical) (Paperback)
by Brian P. Cleary (Author), Brian Gable (Illustrator)

Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? (Words Are Categorical) (Paperback)
by Brian P. Cleary (Author), Brian Gable (Illustrator)

To Root to Toot to Parachute: What Is a Verb (Words Are Categorical) (Hardcover)
by Brian P. Cleary (Author), Jenya Prosmitsky (Illustrator)

Checking Your Grammar: Scholastic Guides (Paperback)
by Marvin Terban (Author)

The Complete Book of Grammar and Punctuation (Paperback)
by School Specialty Publishing (Author)

Learning Activities

Set a goal in relation to the material on this page. Are you interested in learning more grammar for yourself? Are you looking for resources you can use with students? Do you have a particular grammatical issue to work on, whether to learn more for yourself or to learn how to teach it? Once you set a purpose, use web searches and the resources on this page to meet your goal. If you end up finding resources that are not on this page, please add them to the page. Also, be sure to document what you do on your portfolio page.