Kinesthetic Without the Krazy
Are your students still struggling with run-on sentences and/or comma splice errors? If so, chances are they do not recognize the subject of a sentence (and therefore an independent clause). They will, however, after completing this kinesthetic Maze without the Krazy.
I love to let students move around when they learn, but I Do NOT love the loud and off task behavior that can come with kinesthetic learning. So here is a kinesthetic lesson without the "Krazy." (Krazy = the potential for any of the following classroom management problems: opting out, letting others do all the work, loud and/or off task behavior, and having more fun than learning.) There is no krazy in The Maze!
This subject of a sentence Maze is aligned with NoRedInk’s lesson Components of a Sentence including “Identifying complete subjects” and “Identifying simple subjects.”
The code for this Maze is in Spanish or English. Sometimes I put the code in Spanish so that my ELL and other native Spanish speakers can feel, for once, like they have the edge. (I have included both versions.)
*Please note that even students with no Spanish background could complete this Maze. But if you prefer the code all in English, it’s there for the taking!
*This product is a zipped folder with PDF documents.
*The product is fully editable so you can change wording (i.e. dependent vs. subordinate clause, class vs. period, etc.).
What is The Maze you ask? (For a free Maze, please see Independent vs. Dependent Clauses Kinesthetic Maze.)
In short, the students go into numerous “Mazes” throughout the year. Before our first Maze, we read a section of the book The Maze Runner. (However, you can certainly do the Maze without mentioning the book.)
I normally set up The Maze in the hallway, and students have to crack a code by finding clues on papers taped to the wall. Please note: this is NOT a real maze. The Maze is in their imaginations. In reality, they are in a much scarier place: a middle school hallway.
This is only one of the many kinesthetic Maze lessons I’ve created to motivate middle schoolers.