Looking for grammar extension activities – ones that can be used in a variety of ways? These grammar extensions are perfect for ending grammar lessons.
While grammar requires direct instruction (what lesson does not?), grammar lessons should not end with a worksheet. I use grammar extension activities throughout my class periods, and this purposeful action provides students a better understanding of grammar. Mostly, I close grammar lessons in one of these three ways.
Here is how I do it.
Focused grammar review
I’ll demonstrate this quick grammar activity with nouns.
For instance, nouns are everywhere and once my students start to recognize them, I start naming the types of nouns with them. The easiest differentiation is proper (specific, capitalized) and common nouns (regular, nonspecific). With any literature lesson, you can ask students to find nouns. As exit tickets, I will give them a sticky note and ask them to write a noun from the story. (You can also specify the type of noun.)
And! The next day, we begin with that activity and branch from there. Our class discussion can lead us to literature or grammar.
If you need to scaffold, you can cut strips of paper and write both proper and common nouns. Label two posters, one with “proper” and one with “common.” Give each student a strip with a noun. As students leave, ask them to adhere their noun example into the proper poster.
Of course, you can do this simply activity with any grammatical concept: verbals, types of sentences, types of pronouns, and on.
Student choice review
When I do a grammar extension activity with my older students, I ask them to find sentences they enjoy. They do most of the work for me! Not only are students choosing what they understand, they are providing me with valuable feedback. Students are showing me what they understand.
I make numerous copies of grammar cards for differentiation. Then, I allow students to choose what they will study. If a student will not attempt a more difficult concept or cannot show mastery of that concept, I now what I need to review. These cards provide me with fast feedback, and they neatly close a grammar lesson.
Incorporating grammar into literature lessons can be simple and needn’t be complex. Studying grammar can be a natural part of our literature. For instance when I teach To Kill A Mockingbird, I will close a chapter’s review with a study of mentor sentences. I pull sentences from chapters and review grammatical concepts.
As I am closing a lesson with mentor sentences, I actually find that students are willing to analyze and discuss why the author used certain language. These discussions often turn into other extension activities, often writing an analytical essay using a language perspective.
These grammar extension activities are easy to make and modify, and they work especially well at closing a grammar lesson. When I close with one of these grammar activities, I glean important information from my students concerning what they do and do not understand. I hope you can use similar ideas in your classroom.