Activities for Teaching Interjections


Are you looking for some activities for teaching interjections? Look no further. This post includes YouTube video lessons, posters, anchor charts, and much more.

Activities for Teaching Interjections

 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.

Teaching Video with Organizer

This video is a great overview the definition of interjection as well as definitions and examples for mild and strong interjections.

The lesson pairs with a provided graphic organizer. Students listen to the first part of the video to hear the definition of interjections. When instructed to do so, students pause the video and complete their organizers. Finally, students watch the remainder of the video to check their answers. 

This button takes you to the post handout. For your convenience, the handout includes everything from the post. You will find the printable organizer as well as a link to the Google Slide version. The handout also includes the posters and teaching ideas plus links to activities mentioned in this post.

Activities for Teaching Interjections


Activities for Teaching Interjections - Posters

This set of mini-posters may be displayed in the classroom during the lesson to emphasize the main points.

Teaching Ideas

Comic Strips

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.

Interjection Alphabet

Have students come up with an interjection for each letter of the alphabet.

A – Ah

B – Bah Humbug

C – Cool


Schoolhouse Rock

YouTube has a number of videos on interjections. Try “Interjections!” from Schoolhouse Rock. You can find the lyrics at the Schoolhouse Rock website.

Online Activities that Help Students Learn about Interjections

Interjection Activities

These links take you to online lessons.

Here are a few links to help you find lessons and practice pages:

Picture Books that Help Teach Interjections

Activities for Teaching Interjections - Using Picture Books to Help Teach Interjections

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.

Interjection Anchor Chart

Interjection Anchor Chart

This anchor chart provides definitions for mild and strong interjections.

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Gay Miller

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