Last week I posted my alternative vocabulary/spelling lessons; this week I’m posting the methods I’ve used for teaching parts of speech.
- Mad Libs (if you haven’t used them yet, let me just say they’re a favorite of students from 2nd through 12th grades)
- Parts of speech basketball = go to the local “Dollar Store” and buy cheap basketball hoops. Affix them to your classroom wall under posters that say “Noun,” “Verb,” “Adjective,” etc. Have a list of words ready — they can even be your spelling words for the week (but usually spelling words are nouns, so mix in a few extras too). Divide students into teams, and give each team a Koosh Ball. The teacher calls out a word, and teams must try to shoot the Koosh Ball through the basket belonging to the right part of speech. Keep score based on accuracy.
- With each vocabulary list you give, have students keep a “Parts of Speech” notebook. Once every other week or once a month, have students copy spelling words into their “Parts of Speech” notebook on pages labeled “Nouns,” “Verbs,” “Adverbs,” etc…
- Read parts of speech books by Ruth Heller. (See link to her Amazon page.) Discuss what makes an adjective an adjective, what makes an adverb different from an adjective, etc…
- For additional tips and guidelines on simplifying parts of speech for your students, please visit this page and read its descriptions for each.