Ahoy teaching pirates! Welcome back! In my last post, I shared ideas for games using a traditional deck of cards to reinforce math skills. Today's focus will be on language arts, particularly grammar skills.
Oh, I can hear the groans now! Who loves grammar, right? However, there are numerous grammar skills and rules that we, teachers, are required to teach. Although when you think about it, knowing grammar concepts does improve our students' speaking and writing skills.
To learn and conquer any type of skill, students must practice and review. But honestly, when it comes to worksheet versus game, we all know which one our students would rather do. Games are fun and engaging. In fact, students often are not aware that they're learning and practicing a skill while they are playing a game!
I must confess I love board games! A lot of my childhood time was spent playing Monopoly, Clue, Game of Life, Scrabble, and so many others.
|Click on either game to find a list of popular family board games.|
Of course as a parent, I was always searching for fun learning games for our daughter who has become more of a board game fanatic than her mother! As a teacher, I bought and made all sorts of games to share with my students.
To help my students learn the requirements for regular and irregular nouns, I created a board game titled Plural Noun Land. In English most nouns end with an "-s" to show plurality, but there are some nouns that require an "-es" instead. Which nouns are these? That is what our students must learn. Do we add "-es" if a noun ends with "x"? How about when a noun ends with "-o"?, "-y"?, "-f"? Then there are nouns that refuse "-s" and "-es" such as child, man, deer! Very confusing, right?
In this game the goal is to reach Plural Noun Land before your opponents, but along the way, students must correctly spell the plural form of various nouns. (A stack of noun cards is provided.) If the plural version is spelled correctly, then the player rolls the dice and moves closer to Plural Noun Land. However, if the word is not spelled correctly, the player cannot move. In addition, students may run into situations that will give them an extra turn or take away their next turn. The game is a FREE resource.The game is also included in the resource, Plural Nouns Bundle, which consists of a slideshow, sorting activities (another engaging type of practice), assessment, and a plural rules chart. Here be some treasure, mateys!
Another FUN and FREE grammar resource game your students will enjoy is Prepositional Phrases Race to the Finish game.
Designed for two or three players, Race to the Finish is a board game that provides practice regarding prepositional phrases. There are four types of question cards that vary in degree of difficulty.
- identify prepositional phrases in sentences
- identify prepositions and objects of prepositions
- count the number of prepositional phrases that are in a sentence
- name the noun or pronoun or verb that is modified by a prepositional phrase