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Hi Ellenalsesa,

I taught 6th grade last year... We did a Pictionary-type game for prepositions. I had cards with different prepositions words on each one. I started as the "illustrator" by choosing a card without anyone seeing it. Then, I illustrated the preposition on the board.

For example, if the preposition was "under" I could draw a table with an object under it. I would be able to use only hand gestures to elicit answers from the students. This could also be a quick way to "teach" the concept of prepositions showing place or location.

List the words on the board as they are identified by students....

As the kids recognized the prepositions and the purpose for them, I would have them state the prepositional phrase (i.e. "under the table").

They would then write sentences with the phrases.... then paragraphs....

Pictures from magazines can also be used by the students to identify and create sentences with prepositions.

"Prepostion Pictionary" was also played by my students taking turns at the board and pulling a preposition card. If the kids aren't too crazy, you could have them "act out" the preposition
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Also, I've had my students go on grammar hunts with magazines, books, and newspapers to find prepositions, verb phrases direct and indirect objects, punctuation, etc. Making it a race game with a timer works well with the 6th graders.

Have fun!
LindaR

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
Lynetteapo 12-03-2007 12:04 PM

Here's a link to a previous discussion on proteacher. There were some good ideas! I posted on it too. They may not all be without worksheets, but they're fun and interesting.

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ad.php?t=57044

Crash123 12-02-2007 01:37 PM

Our school's speech teacher has written some great activity books to teach language without worksheets. I teach third grade and I use them all the time. The kids love the "Mrs. Hisam" activities as I call them.

Her website is----- makefunoflearning.com

Hope this helps!!

LindaR 12-02-2007 01:11 PM

Hi Ellenalsesa,

I taught 6th grade last year... We did a Pictionary-type game for prepositions. I had cards with different prepositions words on each one. I started as the "illustrator" by choosing a card without anyone seeing it. Then, I illustrated the preposition on the board.

For example, if the preposition was "under" I could draw a table with an object under it. I would be able to use only hand gestures to elicit answers from the students. This could also be a quick way to "teach" the concept of prepositions showing place or location.

List the words on the board as they are identified by students....

As the kids recognized the prepositions and the purpose for them, I would have them state the prepositional phrase (i.e. "under the table").

They would then write sentences with the phrases.... then paragraphs....

Pictures from magazines can also be used by the students to identify and create sentences with prepositions.

"Prepostion Pictionary" was also played by my students taking turns at the board and pulling a preposition card. If the kids aren't too crazy, you could have them "act out" the preposition
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Also, I've had my students go on grammar hunts with magazines, books, and newspapers to find prepositions, verb phrases direct and indirect objects, punctuation, etc. Making it a race game with a timer works well with the 6th graders.

Have fun!
LindaR

tammynj 12-02-2007 07:17 AM

I use mostly the textbook and worksheets, too, but I also use macaroni when teaching commas and quotation marks. I just make up practice sheets with a big font (so the macaroni "fits") and the kids place the (dry, elbow) macaroni where the commas or quotation marks should go. It makes it a little more fun (a novelty) and my kids like it (and they are in 5th).

I would love to see more ideas, though.

trexteach 12-01-2007 06:49 PM

You could use index cards and make a concentration game out of them.

Ex. Write a sentence on one card with a direction such as, "Find the direct object in this sentence?". It's matching card could be the word that is the direct object they're to find.

teachnkids 12-01-2007 05:27 PM

Or magazines make great learning tools for grammar. I used them to have students create circle maps for nouns.

ellenalesa 12-01-2007 06:27 AM

I will be teaching verb phrases, prepositions, direct and indirect objects, punctuation, etc. in my 6th grade language arts classes.

Does anyone have any fun, kinesthetic activities I can use?

I don't want to rely on worksheets, totally. I want to use them for reinforcement, but I would like to find some good activities for teaching grammar.

Thanks in advance.




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