Dianna Newton, our 6th Grade English teacher, is teaching a unit on Grammar by having the students create grammar games. Her explanation says it all:
“If you think of mind-numbing handouts or workbooks when you hear the word grammar, think again! Many times students, like adults, have deeply-rooted insecurities about grammar. Students think to themselves: “I am really bad at grammar; I’ll never be good at it.” In order to start to chip away at these misconceptions and get students excited about grammar, they created games which helped them learn important foundational lists which connected with our dependent and independent clause work, and this will connect to our upcoming exploration of sentence structure and sentence variety.
Students worked collaboratively in pairs or small groups of three in order to create fun and engaging grammar games which would enable players to memorize lists of linking and helping verbs OR lists of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. And guess what? The games helped students prepare for upcoming quizzes on conjunctions and verbs so the work was meaningful because they were helping each other and themselves by creating these games. A number of the games intentionally incorporated movement since many groups remembered that most students in the 6th grade are kinesthetic learners, and so are you (most likely). And don’t forget that the internalization of these lists didn’t simply happen while students played these games, it also happened while students were creating their grammar games. They needed to be creative, adaptable, experimental and resilient as they went through various trial and error stages with their game development. We invite guests to play the games, and please feel free to ask students questions. Have fun, and remember that grammar can be fun!”