If your kids are anything like mine, they frequently misuse the articles "a", "an", and "the". Help them see the difference between these commonly misused words with this 14-slide powerpoint and printables set, and address language standards from the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Common Core Standards addressed –
• Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L.3.1, L.4.1, L.5.1)
• Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their) (L.4.1g)
This activity set includes:
• 14-slide interactive powerpoint
• half-page student journal insert describing the usage of "a", "an", and "the"
• printable student worksheet (fill-in-the-blank)
• electronic student worksheet (with pull-down menus)
• worksheet answer key
Use the powerpoint to introduce the words "a", "an", and "the". The first two main slides describe the usage of the words, and the final slide reviews how to use the three words. The 10 middle slides present students with three sentences, identified as A, B, and C, and students identify the sentence that shows incorrect usage. You can have students work in pairs, small groups, or on their own, and they can show their answers on small dry erase boards, using index cards labeled with the answers A, B, and C, or any other method of all pupil response that you use in your classroom. The majority of the text and graphics are timed to appear; the "notes" section of the slides contains specific details about the animations in each slide.
After the powerpoint, have your students glue the half-sheet journal insert in their language arts journal as a handy reference when writing.
Wrap everything up with the included worksheet, provided to give your students with more practice using "a", "an", and "the". There is a printable version in which students will fill in blanks with the proper word. There is also an electronic version of the worksheet – a Word document formatted to provide students with pull-down menus for each blank. [If you have access to a computer lab, the electronic version is an easy way to prepare your students for computer-based assessments!] When the students have completed the worksheet – written as the beginning of a narrative about a couple of kids who find some gold in the woods –, have them continue the story on their own for further practice with "a", "an", and "the".
Check out my other grammar PPT + printables sets –
Using Their, They're, & There Grammar PPT + Printables
Using Two, Too, & To Grammar PPT + Printables
Using Are & Our Grammar PPT + Printables
All four PPT + Printables sets are also available in one bundle at a discounted price –
Grammar Galore PPT + Printables bundle – using articles & homonyms
I hope your kids enjoy the activities! Dennis McDonald