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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nouns & Verbs in the news

Since the second week of school, we have been working with students on recognizing nouns and verbs, subjects, and predicts. Most of this is done during their morning work but the concept is revisited often throughout the week.

We discuss it during reading. We use it during writing. We try to find it in our oral conversations. Nouns and verbs are everywhere! But do our students really understand this or is it just something we do/know for school?

Remember my reusable anchor charts? Did you notice that the title "noun" is in red and the title "verb" is in blue?



There is a reason for that. Each part of grammar is a different color. The correlate with our highlighters. This allows the students to highlight these words their writing, morning work, phonics readers, etc...  It works so well to keep it consistent.


We took used this week's newspaper to bring grammar to life. Most of my students are not able to actually read the newspaper. It is above their skill level so this was a very exciting and challenging activity. 

Before the students were given a page of the paper, it was carefully edited to remove any offending materials.  This requires that you have knowledge of each individual child and what they might find offensive. For example, we removed news of a successful adoption as one of our students is hoping to be adopted.

The students looked for the "who or the what" of each sentence. They looked at where the words were placed in the sentence for clues.


I wish you could see their happy faces. As you can see we did this as a floor activity so that there was plenty of room to spread out and work. The students worked independently, with buddies, and sometimes as a whole group to check to make sure something was a noun or a verb.

We also discovered a lot of interesting words. As all of my kiddos are learning English this time was great for introducing new vocabulary and oral conversations. We spent a lot of time talking about football and the names for the various types of players as one kiddo had the sports section.

They loved this and asked if we can do it again. We saved their papers so that they can continue to work on it as a "finished early" activity.

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2 Comments:

At September 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM , Blogger Dani said...

Awesome idea! I'm doing grammar as my Word Work station. All the activities I've been coming up with are lots of prep on my part. I love that this is so engaging for them a very little prep for us!

-Dani
A Place to Thrive

 
At September 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Sasha Marie said...

I LOVE this! I may be stealing this idea for when we get to this. Thanks for sharing :)

- Sasha
The Autism Helper

 

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