Grammar Worksheets and Activities

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These activities are intended to provide your students with an understanding of some of the most basic grammar. The worksheets provided will help your students understand topics such as subject, verb (predicate), punctuation, sentence fragments, nouns, pronouns, prepositions, adverbs, adjectives, and combining sentences. Grammar Detective teams will earn “Detective Points”, which will determine their ranking. This activity will have your students work in teams as grammar detectives to try to better understand the English language and become more proficient writers. This is a fun and engaging way for your students to learn about grammar.

Included in Grammar Detectives Resource:

  • Grammar Detectives Teacher Tips (2-pages)
  • Grammar Detectives Introduction (1-page; 2 per page)
  • Grammar Detectives Student Handout (12-pages)
  • Grammar Detectives Answer Key (12-pages)
  • Grammar Detectives Point Sheet (1-page)
  • Grammar Detectives Badge Templates (1-page; 9 badges)
  • Grammar Detective Agency Certificates (1-page; 2 per page)
  • Grammar Detective Agency Rubric (1-page)
  • Grammar Detectives Assessment (2-pages)
  • Grammar Detectives Assessment Answer Key (2-pages)

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Grammar Detectives Teacher Tips:

  • This resource will make an excellent review for your grammar unit. Please take a minute to preview what your students will be working on.
  • If you use this resource as a stand-alone activity, you will most likely need to provide a resource in which your students can use for reference (textbook, Internet, etc.).
  • Prior to the activity, break your students up into “Grammar Detective” teams.
  • Each team will need at least one “Grammar Detectives Student Handout” (2-3 handouts per team may be helpful as well- this is up to you).
  • There are 13 missions each team will work through. Teams will earn “Detective Points” for correct answers. Each team will also need a “Grammar Detectives Point Sheet” to keep track of the points they earn. In the end, teams will add up their points to determine their “detective ranking”. This can be found at the bottom of the point sheet. If you wish, you can use the points for the “Grammar Detective Agency Certificates”.
  • Prior to the activity, you will want to discuss the activity and its components before the students (teams) begin work.
  • It is up to you how you want this activity to look in your classroom. Teams can work at their own pace and you correct and provide “Detective Points” as each team completes a mission, or you can have teams wait for the other teams to complete a mission before moving to the next one.
  • This activity can also be broken up into separate tasks. In other words, you could have different teams work on a certain number of missions. They could then share what they learned with the rest of the class. This will be up to you. This would obviously affect the “Detective Points” that a team could earn.
  • Depending on your class, you may have to allow more than one class period.
  • An optional grading rubric is included for the student activity.
  • An optional Grammar Assessment is also included (with an answer key).

Student Engagement Tips:

  • Grammar Detective Badges- Grammar Detective Badges (provided) can be used to help engage your students. You can print them off on heavier paper (card stock), cut them up, and have your students write their “detective” names on them. Students can then wear them (with the help of pins) as they work through the missions. You can also print them off on full-sheet sticky “label” paper and students can wear them as a sticker.
  • Grammar Videos- The internet is a great resource for videos to show prior, during, or after this activity. “Grammar Schoolhouse Rock” videos are very short and to the point. Some of the titles are Conjunction Junction, Unpack Your Adjectives, The Tale of Mr. Morton, and so many more!
  • Dress Up- To help with student engagement, you can dress up as a detective (hat, coat, magnifying glass, etc.). Just don’t have a pipe in your mouth! Your students can dress up as well!
  • Detective Music- During the time your students are working on the missions, play some mystery music. This music can also be found on the internet.

Common Core State Standards Addressed:

Conventions of Standard English:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L3.1, 4.1,5.1, 6.1, 7.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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