Grammar Game (for elementary aged kids)
Do you wish your kids knew their parts of speech? Try this.
Over the next few weeks, choose a different part of speech each week. Begin, for instance, with nouns. Talk over breakfast about what a noun is:
person, place, thing or idea
Then discuss examples: bowl (for cereal), chair, nuthatch, Mike (across the table), sister, love… and so on.
Later that day, or the next day, distribute magazines and have the kids cut out noun words and noun pictures. Put in a ziplock bag.
At the end of the week, using a posterboard or tag board, create a collage using both pictures and words. These can be put together in odd ways (the word “love” stuck on a “duck” picture). Or they can be arranged into noun poems. Or they can be random with no rhyme or reason.
Label the poster “Nouns” and you’re done!
This can be done with verbs too (pictures of actions).
For adjectives, the poster can be smaller and simply be a collage of words. I like to have kids use adjectives that describe self – then a photo of the child can be added to the collage of words.
For prepositions, have fun. Cut out the words: in, out, under, over, below, beside, above, around, through and so on. Then create pictures that show these by cutting out, for instance, a dog and a house. Put the dog “above” the house with the word “above.” Put an airplane “below” a tree with the word “below.” And so on.
Be surreal (it’s much more fun).