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Learning Parts of Speech  Lisa Kihn

Learning the parts of speech doesn't have to be dull and boring. I've found some exciting ways to introduce and reinforce these concepts. These activities work best for 4th through 8th grades. Have fun!

To begin: define each of the following parts of speech.

Have students take notes. They may find the definitions and write it in their own words.

Noun
 
Verb
 
Pronoun
 
Proper Noun
 
Adjective
 
Adverb
 
Article
 
Preposition
 
Conjunctions
 


Activities:

Parts of Speech Relay
Call out a word. Have kids or teams compete to identify the parts of speech first. Give points for each correct answer. Or, instead, ask for an example of a part of speech and give points for correct answers.

Mad Libs
Do "Mad Libs." Read the list of words to the class, everybody writes them. When finished, choose examples from class. Write on an overhead an example for each. Read the "Mad Lib" aloud with each of the answers on the overhead.

Have students write their own "Mad Lib" and do it with each other.

Adverb Game: In the Manner of the Word
Choose five students to go out of the class and think of an adverb that they can act out in front of the class. For example: slowly.

When the students return, they go to the front of the class and ask for verb suggestions that they can act out. A student in the class may say "Play tennis," so each of the actors pantomimes playing tennis slowly. The class tries to guess the adverb. If no one guesses correctly, they choose a new verb to act out until someone figures it out.

Writing Activities

1. Write a paragraph about a sporting event, but use no conjunctions.
2. Write a paragraph about a movie you've seen, but use no adjectives.
3. Write a paragraph about your best friend, but use no pronouns.
4. Write a paragraph describing where you live, but use no prepositions.

Process with your students how effective their writing is when they have these limits. Discuss the importance of parts of speech.

Websites for Aspiring Writers and Poets

www.kidpub.org

www.stonesoup.com

www.kidsonlinemagazine.com

www.kidnews.com

www.realkids.com

www.shortstoriesbykids.com

www.amazing-kids.org/contests.html

www.candlelightstories.com

www.gigglepoetry.com

www.potatohill.com

 

Do you have a question or comment about this article? Send Lisa an e-mail. 

 

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