“But I don’t have time to teach grammar!”

Ever feel like you need more time for grammar instruction, but just can’t seem to find the time? That’s certainly how my colleagues and I feel. Hence, one of them went off on a search for a solution. I think she found it. The solution? Getting Grammar: 150 New Ways to Teach an Old Subject, by Donna Hooker Topping and Sandra Josephs Hoffman. The book contains some tutorials on grammar for teachers, which is helpful. However, it provides a variety of short activities to do with students to boost their grammatical abilities. Check out Chapter Three of the book by clicking here.

As a result, I’m going to spend the this-coming week’s Morning Meeting Activity Time doing some of the activities from Chapter Three, which focuses on nouns and pronouns. (I’m waiting for my copy of the book to arrive since I only previewed it online.) Some of the activities I’m doing this week are:

  • Crazy Compound Words*
  • Opposites Attract*
  • Touch Nouns
  • Stand Up for Proper Nouns
  • People, Places, and Things
  • * = Sample of what I created to use with my kids below.

    Each of these activities should take about ten minutes to do. I decided to do them at Morning Meeting since my Morning Meeting Activities often have an academic component. I’m looking forward to trying these out this week.

    Opposites Attract Game Cards (three matches shown)

    Opposites Attract Game Cards (three matches shown)

    Crazy Compound Words Card Deck with Labeled Partner Letters for Mixing Purposes

    Crazy Compound Words Card Deck with Labeled Partner Letters for Mixing Purposes