My personal children are young, and I often create elementary grammar lessons for them.
When students have materials that relates to their interests, they are more involved in the lesson. My personal children do grammar lessons at school (I do not teach in their district), but they often need review and extra practice at home.
I struggle to find activities that resonate with my kids, and because I teach older students who often grumble about grammar, I’m aware that I can make life easier for my own children as well as others. My children inspire my elementary grammar lessons, and they have NO qualms about giving their mom honest feedback.
Here are a few of the elementary grammar lessons I have created with the help of my personal editors.
Connection to literature
My son obsesses over *Minecraft. He plays the games, builds with the figurines, and wears Minecraft themed clothing. When he started reading the Minecraft books, I knew I wanted to make a few Minecraft lesson plans because I can’t be the only parent or teacher with a child who loves this phenomenon!
I decided to pull parts of speech and create a mentor sentence activity. I pulled 48 adjectives and 48 nouns from Ty’s Minecraft: Construction Handbook. I gave the background a pixelated look and made an answer sheet.
We had an interesting discussion about using words as both nouns and adjectives. Some of the nouns are minerals – diamond and gold. Those can also be describing words, words that describe types of tools. I specified that those words would be referencing the minerals, not describing the tools. He glued them in the noun category.
He completed half of the noun and adjective sort, leaving 24 of each for another day.
In the classroom, this would work as a Minecraft station or scoot activity. For us, it worked as a nice extension activity at home. I created the noun and adjective sort, noun and verb sort, and character sentences.
Glue? Yes, my children will eagerly glue and cut! I created a noun and verb sort that had a school theme, thinking that it tied to what Ty knows. He then asked for a nature sort, and I think he enjoyed that one more.
My favorite part of sorts is when Ty adds more nouns or verbs to the columns.
At home, task cards work well because I can complete four or six with my son at a time, and then we can save the rest for another day. I know that at school, I use task cards for review and with stations.
We reviewed coordinating and correlative conjunctions. When we read together, we spy the different conjunctions in use.
I stress to my students that grammar is everywhere, in literature, nonfiction, speeches. When I’m with my personal children, I encourage that type of thinking, just as I show them that letters and numbers are in our world.
From a young age, I ask Ty to see that grammar is part of writing. Sometimes when we write, I’ll ask Ty to “dig” and “dump” a sentence. (He loves construction and trucks and basically all vehicles!) I allow him to choose what sentence he thinks should be better, and we work to improve it with one of our construction-themed writing activities.
As a teacher, I want to problem-solve with my own children. I’ve created elementary grammar lessons based on their interests, and my hope is that they engage your children or students.
* I am in no way affiliated with Minecraft Handbooks or the video game.