This is a guest post from Emily at Third in Hollywood about Grammar Read Alouds for the primary classroom.
I’m Emily from Third in Hollywood. I was so excited when Jen had asked me to blog about my favorite grammar read alouds. Grammar is something that is SO under taught, yet it is one of the most important aspects to a child’s education. Our district doesn’t have a grammar program (which is such a shame), so I have come up with some creative ways to teach it.
One of my favorite set of grammar books are from Brian P. Cleary. He has EVERY book you can imagine! From homophones to contractions… you name it, he’s written a book about it! You can check out his books on his website HERE.
I have “What is a Verb?”, “What is Noun?” and “What is an Adjective?”
I love how silly the books are!
The words that are being described are in a different color.
To use these books, I like to focus on one part of speech each week.
After reading the book, I hold a brief discussion about the definition of the part of speech and its proper usage. Then, the students’ favorite part… we go on a scavenger hunt around the school (outside if it is nice out), and find that part of speech in real life! Another fun activity around parts of speech is to talk about what life would be with out nouns/adjective/verbs. Students can pick a paragraph out of their favorite book and rewrite the paragraph without a noun/verb/adjective. It is quite eye-opening to them to how much we use and need the parts of speech!
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