Third grade is a big year as students apply foundational grammar skills they’ve already learned to more complicated grammar concepts. To aid students in this new learning, it’s important to provide several opportunities for them to participate using hands-on grammar activities and strategies. Here are six fun ways to engage your students in grammar instruction.
Parts of Speech FREEBIE
A fun, hands-on way to get students note taking on the different parts of speech! Students will glue into their grammar notebooks, spin the spinner, and generate words for each part of speech. Also includes a fun sorting activity.
1. Grammar Posters and Bulletin Board
No matter what subject we’re teaching, we always want students to make real-world connections with the content they’re learning. When it comes to grammar, we want students to look for examples of the parts of speech and skills we’re learning throughout their day.
As a way to encourage this, I hang grammar posters around my classroom. Each week as I introduce a grammar skill, I hang up a new poster labeled with the name of that week’s skill. I encourage students to add sticky notes onto the poster with examples they might come across in a text they’re reading. These grammar posters can also be displayed on a Smart Board which allows students to see examples of the grammar skill in action.
2. Grammar Interactive Notebooks
I’m a big fan of interactive notebooks in the classroom for several reasons. First, they give students an organized place to take notes. Gone are the days of students flipping wildly through their notebooks trying to find the exact page where they jotted down some messy notes.
Students can also use interactive notebooks as a reference guide or mini anchor chart. Whether students have forgotten a concept or need an example, all they have to do is turn back to the corresponding page in their notebook to review. Finally, they’re hands-on which makes learning meaningful for students. Students will enjoy interacting with the flipbooks, strip activities, and more for each grammar concept. Each page is created by the student and serves a specific purpose.
The grammar interactive notebook becomes a personalized tool that students can look back on in order to review types of sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and much more.
Grammar Interactive Notebooks
Interactive notebooks are helpful when introducing students to grammar skills. Use them for guided notes, review activities, reference tools, or assessments.
3. Make Grammar Fun with Games
If you’re looking for fun grammar review activities to help students during literacy centers or small groups, interactive games may just be what you’re looking for!
Noun Center Activities & Board Game
Board games are a perfect addition to your small groups or literacy centers because they allow students to review content through play.
The Types of Nouns Board Game and Center Activities resource features eight exciting games and activities that cover topics such as proper and common nouns, abstract and concrete nouns, possessive nouns, and more! The various activities include task cards, sentence strips, sorting cards, fill-in-the-blanks, and a noun review board game. With this hands-on grammar practice, students will learn all about nouns and how to use them properly in context.
Who doesn’t love an intense round of Jenga? This Jenga review game will have students excited and engaged while reviewing important 3rd and 4th grade grammar skills.
The resource is a hands-on review tool for parts of speech. Including game cards for nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and more, students will enjoy answering review questions in order to take their turn pulling a Jenga block from the tower. All you’ll need to implement this fun game is your own set of Jenga blocks.
Want more details on incorporating Grammar Jenga into your classroom? Check out this blog post on Test Prep Review Games.
4. Grammar Task Cards for Centers
Task cards can be used in a variety of ways and subjects, including helping students practice grammar skills during centers. Activities such as matching, sorting, and answering questions give students additional practice with the target skill.
For instance, these improving sentences task cards provide students with the opportunity to add adjectives and adverbs to sentences in order to make them more descriptive. Not only will this help students with mastering this grammar skill, but it also will help them to expand their writing by adding in more details.
5. Third Grade Grammar Worksheets
If you’re looking for a simple way to review grammar without dedicating too much time, grammar review worksheets are the way to go! They’re a perfect way to squeeze in grammar instruction with just a few minutes each day. They’re also a great activity for early finishers to grab.
With ELA worksheets for each season, you can practice grammar skills with your students year-round! Check out my fall, winter, and spring ELA review worksheets, or check out the ELA morning work bundle.
3rd Grade Morning Work Bundle
Including spring, fall, and winter-themed activities, this bundle gives students practice with ELA tasks including grammar skills.
6. Digital Editing Tasks
Drag-and-drop editing tasks are a digital way for students to review those important grammar and writing skills. These tasks cover ten skills such as capitalization, homophones, verb tenses, prefixes and suffixes, and comparative and superlative adjectives, among other skills. These digital slides are great to use as independent practice or an assessment tool.
I hope these activities inspire you to make grammar fun!