Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WHERE'S YOUR GRAMMAR?


Enough with the "turkey talk"!  How about getting back to those standards!

-Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.

Name Cards – Make name cards for the students in your class from 8” sentence strips.  Write each child’s name and glue their picture.  Use these for songs, asking questions, transitions, and in the writing center.
Noun Hunt – Give children clip boards and send them on a “noun hunt” in the classroom or on the playground.  They can draw pictures or write words for the people and things that they see.

Verbs, Verbs, Action Words – Play the verb game by saying the rhyme below:
Verbs, verbs, action words
Things that you can do.
I’ll say a word, and if it’s a verb,
Show what you can do.
Run (Children run in place.)
Fly (Children pretend to fly.)
Dog  (Children shout, “That’s not a verb.”)
Continue calling out verbs for the children to pantomime.
*You’ll find this song on the CD “Kiss Your Brain.”

-Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/

Say What?  The teacher walks around the room and makes comments about various objects.  If the teacher says something incorrectly the children shout, “Say what?”  The teacher says, “Well, you say it the correct way.”
For example:  We have 11 boy in our classroom.
Say what?  We have 11 boys in our classroom.
I see lots of book.
Say what?  I see lots of books.

Here Is a Turtle – Teach children this finger play using the masculine form.
Here is a turtle.  (Make a fist and stick out your thumb.)
He lives in his shell.  (Stick thumb in fist.)
He likes his home very well.  (Nod fist up and down.)
When he gets hungry he comes out to eat.  (Stick out thumb and smack lips.)
Then he goes back into his house to sleep.  (Put thumb in fist and close eyes.)
Zzzzzzzzz!
*Say the finger play using the feminine form.  Here is a turtle.  She lives …
*Say the finger play using the plural form.  Here are two turtles.  They live…

Block Center – Write nouns on 3” x 5” index cards and tape to rectangular blocks.  Write “s” on a 3” square and tape to a square block.  Children add the “s” block to the end of the noun and read the word.

Singular and Plural
(Tune:  “This Old Man” – Kiss Your Brain CD)
One is book, 2 are books.
One is cook, more are cooks.
Add an “s”  to the end of a word
Makes it plural, haven’t you heard?
One is toy, two are toys.
One is boy, more are boys.
I’ll say a word, then you add an “s.”
You make it plural - do your best!
Car                        Star                       
Dog                       Log
Cat                        Hat
Ball                         Wall
Coat                      Boat
Tree                       Bee
Now you know what plurals are for.
Add an “s” when there’s two or more!
*Cover the end of a fly swatter with paper and write the letter "S" on it.   Write words on the board and let children place the fly swatter by the end and read the plural.





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