It's always a great idea to have an activity on hand for days when reinforcement is needed. Here's a great activity to add to your toolbox: The Grammar Necklace.
Supplies Needed: yarn, construction paper, markers, stapler or tape
1. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half over the yarn.
2. Staple or tape the outside edges to keep the yarn in place.
3. Write a part of speech on the construction paper. (example: SN for Subject Noun)
4. Repeat this process until you have created all the parts of speech you wish to use. (Remember, you may need to create several necklaces for adjectives, adverbs, article adjectives, etc.)
You can utilize these necklaces in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:
1. Divide students into groups. Give each student in a group one grammar necklace. Have the group create a sentence, using the correct Q&A Flow order. Each student is responsible for choosing the word that corresponds with the label he/she is wearing. (Remember to use the Sentence Jingle to verify that you have the five parts of a complete sentence.)
2. While studying prepositional phrases, create a "labeled" sentence by having a group of students stand at the front of the room. Each person should be wearing the appropriate part of speech for the sentence you are studying. Have the students in the prepositional phrase hold hands. Then, show what happens to the sentence when you take away the phrase. Show what happens when you move the phrase to the front or end of the sentence. This activity is a great way to show how the phrase stays together and must move as one unit!
3. Write a sentence on the board. Using magnets, label each word with the appropriate necklace piece.
4. Give each student in the room a grammar necklace. While you classify a sentence as a group, have each student stand when his/her part of speech is labeled.
The possibilities are endless! Feel free to share your ideas with us by using the comment section below.