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Nacho Sentence Grammar Activity Using Adjectives and Adverbs

Grade Levels
1st - 5th
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This fun game helps students learn to build more detailed sentences using adjectives and adverbs.  Aligned with Common Core Standards (Speaking and Listening 2.4, 3.4, 4.4, 5.4), there are at least three different levels of play(more if you use your imagination).
Research tells us that solid syntactical skills rely on understanding and use of correct word order and organization. By providing these written and oral examples of sentences you are helping your student move from simple sentences to richer, more detailed sentences. As we know (and studies prove), repeated modeling and opportunities for practice are needed for students to solidly acquire these new grammatical forms (Gummersall & Strong, 1999).

While playing the game, take the opportunity to talk about how the adverbs and adjectives change the meaning of the sentences. Use examples such as how is "big" different from "humongous"? Use a white board and make a scale starting at "teeny" and incrementally moving up to "giganitic". (Nippold, 1998)

With this product you receive:
24 Nacho Chip pronouns
24 Black Bean verbs
27 Guacamole adverbs
27 Melted Cheese prepos./article
27 Jalapeno Pepper location nouns
6 Blank Nacho Chip pronouns
9 Blank Black Bean nouns
9 Blank Guacamole adverbs
9 Blank Melted Cheese prep./article
9 Blank Jalapeno location nouns
6 different colors of Nacho platters
8 bowls of salsa

This game is perfect for small groups and is geared toward 2nd - 5th graders. I included a writing sheet for each level to use for writing goals and/or homework.
Have fun!

Level One (Basic)
Younger students can practice making complete sentences with a pronoun (chip), a verb (beans), articles (cheese), and a noun (jalapeno). Each player gets a platter, Player 1 takes one of each item and lays them out from left to right. He reads (or repeats) words and then stacks to make his nacho and puts it on his plate. Play continues to next player. When plates are full, each player gets a chance to make his own sentence to receive a salsa bowl.

Level Two
Using adjectives. Give each player the same ingredients as Level One, adding the sour cream adjective cards. Encourage conversation about how the adjective changes the meaning and makes the sentence more interesting. Play continues as in Level One.

Level Three Loaded Nachos
Same as Level Two, but ask if they want loaded nachos and add the guacamole adverbs.

Total Pages
42 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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