This teaching unit includes twenty-four ready-made printable mini-lessons, foldables/cut-outs, practice pages, and quizzes. Each lesson is geared to be a week-long study and begins by revealing a “gremlin” – a widespread and common error found in student writing. Recently revised, this book contains 228 pages and is hands-down one of our very best resources!
Here's how we use this resource in our classrooms:
Each Monday, we introduce the “Gremlin of the Week” by passing out one of the mini-lessons included in this book. These lessons are student friendly and include tricks to help students learn! After we teach the lesson and make sure all students understand, it is time for them to respond. Students complete a foldable, flapbook, or cut-out (also included in this packet) as an interactive activity. A practice page is then given either as classwork or homework for a quick assessment of that week's gremlin. Then, on Friday, we give the quiz.
Practice pages and quizzes are included! In addition, there are review tests, complete with study guides, after every five lessons. The following twenty-four "gremlins" are tackled with this book.
It’s vs. Its
Your vs. You’re
To vs. Too
Accept vs. Except
A lot (It’s two words!)
Review Study Guide and Review Test One
Their, There, They’re
I or Me?
Who’s vs. Whose
Affect or Effect
Review Study Guide and Review Test 2
Dessert vs. Desert
Principal vs. Principle
Himself and Themselves
Singular vs. Plural Pronouns
Loose vs. Lose
Review Study Guide and Review Test 3
Commas with Independent Clauses
Capitalization of Geographical Words and School Subjects
Capitalization of Calendar Items, Brands, and Family Names
Who vs. Whom
Review Study Guide and Review Test 4
Rubrics; Answer Keys
As a bonus, we are including an entire book of extra practice pages which can be used as homework or classwork!
While every grammar and usage mishap is not included in this book, we have chosen those that have been monumental and overexposed in our own teaching experience. We also provide mnemonics and tricks to help students remember the rules!
What’s the deal with the gremlin?
Our little gremlin appears in each lesson. Facts about his gremlin world are included in all of the mini-lessons. This helps keep things interesting and will give your students something to giggle about! We have a gremlin word wall in our classrooms, where all of our "gremlins" go after we learn them each week. Also, after a grammar gremlin is taught, students must be careful to edit their writing to make sure it is used correctly. For example, if we have already covered the semicolon as a gremlin, students are to make sure they use it correctly in their writing. If they do not, "GREMLIN ALERT!" is written right on their paper. This is great for writing instruction because the teacher can ignore the mistakes that have not been covered yet and only focus on the ones that have been taught. Students build their "editing toolbox" as the lessons progress each week.
Make it fun!
Monsters are very popular these days. We buy monster stickers and reward students with them when they make a 100 on a gremlin quiz. We make a Gremlin Wall and hang cute little cut out monsters with each lesson that we learn. We even bought the cutest little squishy monsters at the Dollar Tree, and on Mondays when we introduce the lesson, we toss these little fellows around. Whoever catches it either answers a question about the week’s gremlin or uses it correctly in a sentence. Kids love this!
*Note: Everything you need to have a weekly grammar gremlin and create an interactive notebook is included in this packet. Twenty-four mini lessons, foldables, flapbooks, or cutouts, practice pages, quizzes, review tests and answer keys are included. Even if you are not sure about using interactive notebooks, this resource will work for you. Activities can be done in a binder, and pictures and descriptions are provided to make everything easy to teach!
You are going to LOVE Grammar Gremlins! By far, this is one of the best and greatest resources that we use in our own classrooms!