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Making Parts of Speech Stick - ideas for teaching parts of speech for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teachers


You’ve talked about pronouns for several weeks.

You’ve given pronoun homework.

You’ve done a pronoun 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.


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.

 parts of speech visual to help students in 2nd and 3rd grade remember them


I also have kids fill in their own web.  I have this as the first page of their grammar workbooks.  Each time I introduce a new part of speech, they fill in a new section of the web. When you have an extra 5 minutes, have kids see how much of the web they can create all on their own on a blank piece of paper.
FREE parts of speech webs for teaching grammar


Get free parts of speech webs HERE.



Stupid songs are wonderful memory tools! : )  I haven’t created a song for all the parts of speech but here are the ones I have so far (stay tuned for more later):


 Noun Song - Perfect for teaching parts of speech to elementary students



Pronoun Song - Music is the fun way to teach parts of speech


Highlighting Activities

Using any kind of marker makes things instantly more interesting for kids.  I love to do these highlighting activities that teach kids to pick out the nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc. in sentences.

parts of speech highlighting activity, lots of fun for elementary students

Try a free sample page HERE
or get the full 15-page product with options for differentiation HERE.
After trying it as a class a couple of times, it’s so easy to throw in a center with some highlighting markers.  (Notice that the colors I used on this activity match up with the colors I used on my parts of speech web above, kids find this helpful.)


Get free parts of speech webs HERE.

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Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.


  1. Hi Hanna,

    I hope you don”t mind if I borrow your “making part of speech stick” photo for my presentation for COLL100 at American Public University. I will include the URL as well give you, Hanna Braun,credit. As well as add this into my resources APA style format.

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