Teaching students to understand parts of speech is tricky.
I believe some of their confusion is a result of our teaching.
Giving kids a list of words to identify as nouns or verbs is counter-productive. Is “run” a noun or a verb? You can read a book or book a flight. Without context, we do not know the function of the word. We cannot identify the part of speech, yet we ask kids to do so. The 3 activities in this packet are meant to strengthen the understanding that “part of speech” is based on the function of the word in context.
The first activity in this set addresses nouns and uses 15 picture cards to be sorted as person, place, or thing. They are all nouns – not nouns or verbs.
The second activity provides 12 picture cards representing Christmas verbs. Students match the picture to the word verb card. Each word card has a phrase so that the function of the word as a verb is apparent. In addition, each phrase includes a second noun so that you can address the difference between noun and subject. (eat a cookie)
The third activity also uses picture cards - 6 candle pictures and 6 ornament pictures. Each card is to be matched with a simple description/adjective card. (two candles, red candle, …) Students can easily see that the descriptive words are based on sensory impressions and that adjectives help us create mental images.
I hope you find the activities to be effective in eliminating some of the confusion for your young students.
- Print the pages that you will use.
- Laminate the pages (cards) that students
will be handling. (Cardstock holds up well.)
- Print recording sheets as needed.
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