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.
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.