Thanks for popping in to read the fourth part of my ELA block blog series: teaching grammar and language! If you missed any of the posts, you can use the links below to get caught up.
Part One: Whole Group Reading Lesson
Part Two: Reading Centers
Part Three: Vocabulary Instruction
Today I am sharing the final part of my ELA block, all about my grammar and language instruction!
I only have ten minutes to teach grammar. The good thing about that is that grammar can be sooooo boring to teach. The bad news is that there are lots of standards to cover and my students often act as if they have never even heard of a noun!
I tried a lot of different things, but nothing seemed perfect. Some resources were just worksheets that were boring and too much prep. Other resources were too complicated for my students, because they didn’t have the basic skills mastered. So, I made my own resource! BOOM!
I created a resource that was basic, engaging, easy to prep, and included assessment and review. The resource helps me to implement a consistent routine for grammar each week.
On Monday I use a PowerPoint to introduce the skill for the week. I am not much of a PowerPoint reading kind of teacher. So I made this PowerPoint short and sweet. Plus, the slides include tasks for the students to do so that they stay engaged.
On Tuesday my students complete a simple notebook activity. The activity is great practice of our weekly skill and the notebooks become a source of reference for the entire year. The activities include super simple cuts to make them quicker!
On Wednesday I like to integrate some quick writing into our grammar time. (This does NOT take the place of our writing workshop!) This is just another way to practice our weekly skill and allow students to see the skill in text.
I have PowerPoint presentations that give students a simple prompt each week. Then they are told to trade notebooks with a partner. If we are working on action verbs, students are told to underline the action verbs in their partner’s writing. If we have time, I ask students to raise their hand and share one action verb that their partner used in their writing. So simple!
On Thursday we get out of our seat and SCOOT! Students complete task cards. This can be done many different ways, but I love to have kids up and moving around the room. I set the cards on desks and students roam around the room answering each of the questions. You can have them work independently or with a partner. Whatever suits your fancy!
After a week of working on one skill, we are ready for our Friday assessment. I give them a short assessment that is crazy easy for me to grade, but an effective tool to determine student mastery.
My Grammar Pacing
Are you wondering what skills to teach each week? It’s too bad you don’t know someone who would write a pacing guide for you… OH WAIT! You do know someone like that! ME!
Here is a full year of weekly grammar and language topics for grade 3.
You can find pacing guides for grades 2, 4 and 5 inside of my grammar bundles.
Free Grammar Posters!
I made some grammar posters for you and they are totally FREE! Sign up and I will send them to you right away.
If you don’t have time to make your own mini lesson PowerPoints, notebook activities, task cards and assessments- I have you covered!
I have full year grammar bundles for grades 2-5. Each full year bundle includes 32 weeks of grammar lessons that you can teach in just 10 minutes a day. They follow the same format every week to keep things simple. Each unit includes:
- Detailed teacher directions with a recommended schedule
- Mini-lesson PowerPoint presentation
- Student notebook activity
- Student writing activity
- 24 task cards with a recording sheet and answer key! (*Irregular plurals, subject & predicate and addresses only have 16 task cards due to their length.)
- Assessment with an answer key
The bundles also come with pacing guides, student notebook covers, and a table of contents to keep you organized.
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Free Grammar Lessons!
And you can try out a week of grammar lesson for FREE! Just click the button below and I will send a full week of grammar lesson. including all of the activities described above, to your inbox.
I can’t wait to hear what you think!
That’s a wrap folks! I hope that you were able to get some new ideas for your language instruction.
Are you ready to read all about my writing workshop? Click HERE to check out the last post in the series!