Happy Sunday Everyone,
AND... A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! Just had a family dinner and it was DEEEEEE-licious! Yumm!
I just wanted to pop by and tell you a little bit about how I teach grammar in my classroom (I also teach third grade). Our students have a grammar workbook but it is a little dry, so I like to spice things up a teensy bit!
First, I use Nicole Shelby's Language Interactive Notebook to teach my lesson. I am telling you, this thing is a gold mine! First off, the kiddies LOOOOOOOVE it AAANNND they learn so much. I display the page on the Smartboard and Voila! What I love is that:
A) It's a unique way to teach grammar and figurative language aaaaannnnndd
B) My students take it out and use it as a reference when completing other tasks.
It's a staple in my classroom!
After we complete our grammar notebook, I assign the corresponding grammar workbook pages for homework. Then, we practice the skill during centers. My students love centers and so do I. It does require a bit of work, but the results are worth it. The learning is more meaningful and also more fun!
I love how seriously they take each task and I love how they work together!
After, we complete centers, I always review the skill during our writer's workshop lessons. Now that we have covered synonyms and antonyms, I will ask them to point these words out in our class stories and highlight them. I will also find teachable moments and bring up the concept again. We don't just cover it and move on. It is a concept that is now present in other work and we bring it up as much as possible. Can't just forget about it!
A week or so upon completing the centers, I usually give my students a little worksheet to "assess" their understanding of the concept. I usually use a printable from Rachel Lynette's Grammar & ELA Printables: Figurative Language, Parts of Speech + Pack. Have I mentioned how much I love this woman's work. She is incredible.
Take a look at my Synonyms and Antonyms Grammar Centers.
You can also check out my other Grammar Centers from this series.
Next up on the list... PREFIXES and SUFFIXES!
Until next time...