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Prepositions and interjections are like the glue in our sentences. These short words are taught as early as kindergarten using flashcards. Whether you use the Dolch list, STAR, or some other list, students learn these words in the primary grades. Likewise, pronouns are taught at an early age. This means that by the time students reach the upper elementary grades, vocabulary lists are comprised of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and an occasional conjunction.
One way to help students master parts of speech is to include identifying words with each vocabulary study. I always introduce vocabulary words using the sentence from the text. Students must use context clues to determine the word’s meaning. After creating a word web, I have students evaluate the sentence to determine which part of speech the word is. [As mentioned earlier, vocabulary words are usually nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs.] After routinely completing this simple daily practice, students become proficient with identifying these parts of speech.
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#2 Guess the Location
Have students think of a place they like to visit. On a piece of paper, students make a list of things they would see, hear, taste, touch, or smell at this place. The list needs to contain all nouns. For example if the location was the beach, the student might list sand, sunshine, shells, wind, umbrella, towel, castle, shovel, bucket, and salt.
Once the lists are made, have students divide into small groups to share their lists. After a student reads his/her nouns, the others in the group try to guess the location.
#3 Elimination Noun Game
Setting up the Game:
You will need three sets of popsicle sticks.
#1 ~Write each student’s name on one stick.
#2 ~ Write the letters of the alphabet.
#3 ~ Write specific types of nouns such a singular, plural, collective, proper, abstract, concrete, etc.
Object of the Game
To be the last student standing
Playing up the Game:
Have all students stand up. Draw one stick from each set. You may draw ~ Megan ~ A ~ Proper Noun. Megan has to quickly give you a proper noun that begins with a letter A. For example, Alaska, Atlanta, Alice, etc. If she cannot, she must sit down. Place these sticks aside and draw three more [one from each set] for the next turn. Once you run out of sticks in one set, you can dump the “used” sticks back into the draw piles.
Students must sit down if they give an incorrect answer or repeat any nouns that have already been used during the game. Students must answer in a timely manner. You may wish to start slowly; then increase the speed after students understand the rules of the game. If students hesitate, they must sit down and are eliminated from the game.
#4 Noun Games for the Classroom
#5 Mini Noun Book
Create a mini book. Follow the demonstration on the YouTube video to fold a single 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper to form a mini book. Have students create a book on nouns.
1 – Title
2 – Definition
3 – Proper Nouns
4 – Abstract Nouns
5 – Concrete Nouns
6 – Plural Nouns
7 – Singular Nouns
8 – Collective Nouns
#6 Teaching Nouns with Picture Books
#7 YouTube Videos
YouTube has a number of videos on parts of speech. Try “Nouns” from Schoolhouse Rock.
#8 Printable Practice Pages
Here are a few links to help you find lessons and practice pages:
#9 Online Games
#10 Brain Pop
BrainPop is always a hit with students. Here’s the link to the noun page:
Bonus ~ FREE Noun PowerPoints
If you need additional materials to teach interjections, you may want to take a look at Grammar or Interactive Grammar Organizers.
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