Inside: Find out how to teach parts of speech so that kids remember what they have learned! I’m sharing my favorite ideas and activities.
You’ve talked about pronouns for several weeks.
You’ve given homework and review.
You’re in the middle of your pronoun assessment and a student raises their hand and asks “What’s a pronoun?”
Are you kidding me!?!!!?
One year I decided to try something different.
Pull It All Together With Visuals
I’m a person that likes to see how the small pieces fit into the big picture. I think that’s helpful for kids, too. This visual aid (just made from cardstock and black string) helps kids start to build a schema about parts of speech. I refer to it during lessons and it’s really helpful for kids during independent work.
How To Teach Parts of Speech With Songs!
A song about nouns, sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic:
For a video of this song, CLICK HERE
Grammar Highlighting Activities
Make Connections to Reading and Writing
It might sound like this:
- What adjectives would you use to describe the character?
- How could pronouns be used to help this writing sound smoother?
- How does the verb this author chose add to the meaning of the paragraph?
- Include a couple of adverbs in your poem to help the reader make a mental image.
- All of your sentences are short. Is there anywhere you could add a conjunction for some variety?
- Each sentence needs both a noun and a verb to make sense.
Several Teaching Approaches for the Win!
When considering how to teach parts of speech, skill worksheets will probably not cut it. To reach all students, approach the topic with a variety of formats including:
- visual aids (such as webs)
- words in sentences (see highlighting activity above)
- connected to reading and writing
What have you tried for teaching parts of speech? How did it work? Let me know in the comments!
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