When teaching interjections for the first time to a class I like to begin with this activity. . . .
I ask the class to imagine they are at a football game. [You can change this to basketball, baseball, etc. depending on the season.] I ask the students to tell me some short CLEAN phrases they might say while watching the game. While students say words like “Go! Yeah! Alright! Yes!” etc. I type these on the computer for the class to view using SMARTBoard. I encourage additional responses by asking questions such as, “If you spill your popcorn, what would you say?” or “If you accidentally bump into your neighbor, what would you say?” and so on to get an assortment of words/phrases that might be said with excitement as well as in a normal voice.
After a dozen or so responses have been made, I ask for a volunteer to come to the SMARTBoard to highlight the responses based on how they would be said. One-color is used to highlight words or phrases said with a lot of emotion, and a different color is used to highlight words/phrases that are said in a normal voice.
I follow this activity with a discussion about strong and mild interjections.
YouTube has a number of videos on interjections. Try “Interjections!” from Schoolhouse Rock.
Collect an assortment of comic strips out of the Sunday newspaper. Cut out the speech bubbles. Have students create the text for the comic strip. Superhero strips such as Superman work well.
Sentence Strip Activity
Write a collection of sentences on strips of paper. Place these in a small box. When you have a minute or two before changing classes, call on a student to pull a sentence strip from the box. The student must first read the sentence as is, then add an interjection to form a new sentence.
Have students come up with an interjection for each letter of the alphabet.
A – Ah
B – Bah Humbug
C – Cool
Activities on the Web
Picture Books that Help Teach Parts of Speech
Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!: A Book about Interjections and Conjunctions by Ruth Heller
Read the portion of Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal! that describes interjections. You may wish to save the rest of the book for your conjunction lesson.
Anchor Chart Idea
This anchor chart goes over four different types of interjections.
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