My students always ask "WHY do we need to learn this?" This inspired me to create the intro for this powerpoint - a section of animated slides showing how words are like tools, and in order to use a tool properly you need to know what it's supposed to do.
After this introduction, I follow with descriptions of the eight parts of speech: Nouns (concrete and abstract), Verbs (Linking and Action), Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions and Interjections.
My slides use engaging pictures, animation and examples the students can relate to - I use lyrics from Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars to show the difference between types of nouns!
Another bonus is that I have practices built right into the powerpoint, which make quick formatives a snap! These practices are 3-5 quick multiple choice questions that make sure the students are comprehending thus far.
Lastly, I added a graphic of a Pencil in the corner of the slides that I would want the students to copy. This stops students from asking the question, "Do I need to write this down?" or "Will I need to know this?" If it has a pencil in the corner - they need to write it down!
I use this with my 6th graders as a refresher, but it could be used for a variety of grades. The PowerPoint format makes it easy to change names to represent students in your class!
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