Kinesthetic Without the “Krazy”
Do your middle schoolers or early high schoolers need a lesson or review in comma rules and usages? This kinesthetic without the “krazy” will do the trick.
I love to let students move around when they learn, but I Do NOT love the loud and off task behavior that can come with kinesthetic learning. So here is a kinesthetic lesson without the "Krazy." (Krazy = the potential for any of the following classroom management problems: opting out, letting others do all the work, loud and/or off task behavior, and having more fun than learning.) There is no krazy in The Maze!
The following 11 comma rules are covered in this Maze.
1. Use the comma between two sentences that are joined by FANBOYS.
(Carrie started for the door, but she turned around and went back.)
2. Use the comma to separate three or more items in a series. (He fishes, sails, and swims during the summer.)
3. Use the comma to separate two adjectives in front of a noun. (Note: add the comma only if the sentence still sounds natural when you add “and” as well as when you switch the adjectives around.) (a small, round object.)
4. Use the comma to set off words that give more information about the word that comes before it (appositives) (The car, a red station wagon, slid into the pole.)
5. Use the comma between the day and year. (July 27, 1943)
6. Use the comma between the city and state. (Hartford, Connecticut)
7. Use the comma after the year if the sentence continues. (May 2, 1990, is my birthday.)
8. Use the comma after the state if the sentence continues. (Miami, Florida, is a great city.)
9. Use the comma to separate clauses or phrases which introduce a sentence. (Although he doesn’t seem strong, he can lift over 200 pounds.)
10. Use the comma to separate the name of a person spoken to directly (a direct address). (Jim, come here now. Come here now, Jim. I guess, Tina, that you can’t go to the game.)
11. Use the comma to separate numbers of more than three digits. (The car weighs 2,458 pounds.)
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What is The Maze you ask? (For a free Maze, please see Independent vs. Dependent Clauses Kinesthetic Maze.)
In short, the students go into numerous “Mazes” throughout the year. Before our first Maze, we read a section of the book The Maze Runner. (However, you can certainly do the Maze without mentioning the book.)
I normally set up The Maze in the hallway, and students have to crack a code by finding clues on papers taped to the wall. Please note: this is NOT a real maze. The Maze is in their imaginations. In reality, they are in a much scarier place: a middle school hallway.
This is only one of the many kinesthetic Maze lessons I’ve created to motivate middle schoolers.
Give The Maze a try. Your students will thank you for it.
p.s. The first time you run a Maze it can seem intimidating. But the motivational and educational benefits of it are worth the learning curve. I promise.