Sticky Note Nouns
Have students write down a person, place,
or thing (a noun) on a sticky note and
place that sticky note on the person, place,
or thing they wrote down (each other, eye,
ear, hair, etc.). Allow them to place sticky
notes all over the house and make a game
of it. Give each child different color sticky
notes and see who can label the most
Memorizing a list of prepositions can be
hard for some children. I think of many
prepositions as location words. Have your
kids expend some energy and act out or
point out prepositions. Have them hide
behind the door, or point to the chandelier
above the table. Allow them to stand on the
couch or walk up the stairs. Tell them to
crawl under the table.
Verb Tense Crosswords
Create crossword puzzles with questions
such as “What is the present tense of run?”
Run would be the answer. “What is the
present continuous tense of run?” Run-
ning would be the answer. This is especially
good when it comes to irregular verbs that
children need to know. You can customize
your crosswords to meet the needs of your
students. You can use online crossword
puzzle generators if you don’t want to cre-
ate your own. ( https://worksheets.theteach
This is a game you can change for whatever
part of speech you are studying. Set a timer
and have each child call out a verb, noun,
adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, in-
terjection, or conjunction and then pass a
bean bag (or an actual potato) to the next
person. Work with one part of speech at a
time so children will begin to recognize the
different words that fall into that category.
You can switch this game up a bit, es-
pecially if you have several students. Take
the game outside, stand in a circle, and use
a ball. Each child calls out a word in the
proper category and then bounces the ball
to anyone in the circle he desires. This gives
the students fresh air, a change of scenery,
and the physical touch that some students
need to learn.
Grammar can be a challenge for both
student and teacher. By incorporating some
of these games into your school day, grammar can be less agonizing, and more fun for
both of you.
Ruth O’Neil, born and raised in upstate
New York, attended Houghton College. She
has been a freelance writer for more than
20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in
dozens of publications. You can visit her at
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spare time quilting, scrapbooking, and camping with her family.
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a verb, noun, adjective,
adverb, pronoun . . . and
then pass a bean bag to
the next person.