In honor of National Grammar Day (this Friday, March 4), take some time to explore parts of speech with The Walking Classroom! Listen to Prepositions (4-#32, 5-#21, Complete-#15), Adverbs of Manner (4-#10, Complete-#14), and Interjections (4-#8, 5-#20, Complete-#16). Grab a WalkKit or your phone (with The Walking Classroom mobile app installed, of course) and set your sights on grammar!
Spice up your Sentences (starting with Prepositions!)
Prepositions, adverbs, and interjections are all useful for writing more interesting sentences. Take a look at a few activities to refine these skills! Encourage students to think about how they can use these devices in their own writing and speech to enhance interest!
Start your students off by thinking about prepositions! Invite them to describe their surroundings in detail using as many prepositions as possible! Or, play The Poser Game. Have them strike, share, and then describe (using prepositions) some crazy poses.
Advance your Adverbs
Help younger students become adverb experts with some fun activities! Have students pair up, choose a verb and an adverb, and write sentences using both. Then, invite them to share and compare!
Once your students have adverbs down, go hunting for adverbs . . . “in the wild”! Take a look at some kids’ books that tackle the topic. Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely (860L) by Brian P. Cleary is simply bursting with adverbs, silly rhymes, and hilarious illustrations that are sure to enrapture students. You may also want to check out his other books on grammar topics!
Round it all off with a writing activity! Have students experiment with adverbs in their writing, and seek them out in their reading too!
Interested in Interjections?
The world of interjections is limitless! Allow students to let their creativity run free with an interjections activity. Once they have a feel for this exciting, emotional part of speech, have them try a word search! Invite them to share favorite interjections, and interject them into their speech in class!
Get Set to Write!
Once your students have a strong grasp of adverbs of manner, prepositions, and interjections, encourage them to elevate their writing! Have them try all the new grammar tools at their disposal — with a story or nonfiction paragraph! Suggest that they incorporate as many adverbs, prepositions, and interjections as possible! Be sure to provide sharing time.