Written by Alison Smith Teaching grammar to your students doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Let’s face it head-on and make it fun with 20 grammar activities to use in the classroom.
I’m a strong believer that context-based grammar holds an important place for effective learning. By context, I mean learning about how grammar works in big books, picture books, digital books, magazines, newspapers and of course in our own writing. Not only will learning grammar be more enjoyable, but your students will also have an opportunity to see how the new grammar structures work.
This is not to say that there is no time or place for a grammar worksheet to focus learning on a particular grammar convention. As teachers, we know that a variety of activities is the way to go in order to maximise learning and to meet the needs of students with different learning styles.
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Grammar Activities for Lower Years
Look no further than our Units and Lesson Plans to find a ten-week Let’s Build a Sentence Unit! This English unit has been created to introduce the key components of simple and compound sentences to Year 1 and Year 2 students. It is packed full of grammar activities to develop knowledge and understanding of capital letters and punctuation; verbs, nouns, adjectives and conjunctions.
Use Big Books to Teach Grammar I am a big fan of using books to model language and grammar conventions. There are so many contemporary children’s pictures books to choose from. However, if you’re looking for a well known traditional folktale to use, the Gingerbread Man is an obvious choice. This is a classic choice because it opens the door to explore punctuation of simple sentences, capitalisation of proper and common nouns and verbs.
Download our My Drawing of the Gingerbread Man Worksheet, to give your students the opportunity to explore the use of adjectives through drawing. Or, identify the different verbs in this folktale by using our Very Important Verbs Worksheet.