Grammar Games – Or – How I Ended Up with Verbs in my Hair

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!”


About Paula Montrie

I am a Middle School Librarian at Friends School of Baltimore. I have been a librarian for 11 years, serving 6 years with the Howard County Public School System before arriving at my current school. I teach two classes: SpeechCraft (a combination of information literacy, public speaking and theater), and Media Literacy at the middle school level. I also collaboratively co-teach with a number of teachers at the school, including Music, Geography, and U.S. History. I love it! My professional interests are: information literacy, multiple intelligences and learning styles, teaching through movement, curriculum-writing, technology integration, and bridging the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants. My personal interests are: dancing, singing, knitting, sewing, art, living history, writing and of course - reading!
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2 Responses to Grammar Games – Or – How I Ended Up with Verbs in my Hair

  1. Anonymous says:

    I teach 2nd grade, but I really like the Twister idea! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you! I’m sure there’s a good 2nd grade application here too!

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