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8 Fun Ways to Practice the Parts of Speech with Kids

By Julieann Samayoa
on November 26, 2023
8 Fun Ways to Practice the Parts of Speech with Kids

Practicing parts of speech can be both enjoyable and educational for Grade 3 students. Here are some fun activities that align with the Common Core Standards: 

  1. Parts of Speech Bingo: Create bingo cards with different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.). Call out definitions or examples, and students cover the corresponding part of speech on their cards. This is a fun way to reinforce knowledge of parts of speech.

  2. Word Sorting: Provide students with a mixed list of words. Have them sort the words into categories like nouns, verbs, and adjectives. This can be done individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

  3. Parts of Speech Scavenger Hunt: Create a scavenger hunt where students find examples of nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc., around the classroom or from a text. This encourages them to apply their knowledge in identifying parts of speech in context.

  4. "I Spy" with Parts of Speech: Play a version of "I Spy" where students have to guess an object based on its part of speech (e.g., "I spy something that is a noun").

  5. Story Creation: Have students write short stories, but leave blanks for specific parts of speech. They can then fill these in with their own words or swap stories with a classmate to fill in the blanks.

  6. Color Coding Sentences: Provide sentences where students must color-code words according to their parts of speech. For example, nouns could be blue, verbs red, and adjectives green.

  7. Grammar Journals: Students keep a journal where they write sentences and then identify and label the parts of speech in each sentence. This can be a daily or weekly activity.

  8. Mad Libs: Mad libs are a fun and educational activity that can be a great way to have kids practice the parts of speech without even realizing it. 

Practicing the Parts of Speech through the use of Mad Libs benefits kids in the following ways:

  1. Language Skills Development: These activities help students practice parts of speech like nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. 

  2. Creativity and Imagination: Filling in the blanks with creative words encourages students to use their imagination, fostering creative thinking and expression.

  3. Contextual Learning: By creating humorous or nonsensical sentences, students learn to understand the importance of context in language.

  4. Vocabulary Expansion: Students are exposed to new words and can explore their meanings, which helps in building their vocabulary.

  5. Engagement and Fun: The playful nature of Mad Libs makes learning engaging and enjoyable, which can enhance motivation and participation in class.

  6. Reading and Comprehension Skills: As students read their completed Mad Libs aloud, they practice reading fluency and comprehension.

  7. Collaborative Learning: This activity can be done in pairs or groups, promoting collaboration, discussion, and social skills among students.

  8. Self-Correction and Reflection: When students realize that a word they chose doesn't quite fit, it encourages them to think critically and make corrections.

  9. Customizability for Different Learning Levels: Mad Libs can be easily adapted to suit various learning levels within the Grade 3 classroom.

In summary, Mad Libs are not just a source of entertainment; they are a multifaceted educational tool that can help students develop key language skills in a fun and interactive way.

Check out ALL of our holiday Mad Libs Here!

Be sure to check out all our different holiday packs. Kids will love these fun Mad Libs activities to celebrate the different holidays and not even realize they are reviewing the parts of speech. Each set contains several printable parts of speech fill-in the blank worksheets that are perfect for grammar review.

Happy Holidays!

Indoor Recess Activities When It's Too Rainy To Go Outside

By Julieann Samayoa
on January 17, 2019
Indoor Recess Activities When It's Too Rainy To Go Outside

Guest Post by Jenny Wise from Special Home Educator

No one likes being stuck inside, especially kids. To keep them occupied, it’s good to have some plans in your pocket to keep them from climbing up the walls. Not being able to go outside and run around and play to burn off energy can negatively impact attention spans. Here are some ideas to help everyone enjoy staying inside during recess.

Have Fun with Science

Sometimes, science can get a bad rap with kids. They think it’s boring or dry, and may not be motivated to experiment themselves. Thankfully, there are lots of entertaining activities that you can do indoors when the weather is poor. Even something simple like playing with building blocks can teach them spatial awareness and problem-solving. You can get a set of magnets for the kids to play with and teach them about magnetism. Another fun experiment is to create geode crystals. It’s a good opportunity for them to create something and for you to teach them about igneous and sedimentary rock formations.

Make Math a Blast

Unfortunately, math is similar to science in that many kids do not want to learn it. It can seem complicated and be difficult for them to relate to their own experiences. That’s why it’s important to show them how math can be used in everyday life, and a rainy day is a perfect time to do so. Use coins to solve math problems and teach budgeting skills, or even play games online together with math apps.

Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Do Something Offline

There are plenty of activities that stir creativity we can do without relying on the internet. The art of oral storytelling is one that should be preserved. Storytelling can develop students’ language abilities and vocabulary, as well as get children thinking creatively to develop characters. You can start with historical figures or folklore that you’re interested in. Have students come up with a new take on fables or something similar. You could also host a scavenger hunt around the classroom. If you do, make sure that the clues are guessable for young minds, but not too easy. To make things more fun, transform your clue lists into cryptogram, word scrambles or word searches. It’s a good idea to have these prepped and ready to go so you don’t have to rush at the last moment to create them when they’re needed. If your kids are extra restless, you could play some games together. Teach them a classic card game, like Go Fish, or get a giant game of hide and seek going.

Get Active with the Internet

Many of us associate the internet with lethargy, but it can actually inspire kids to be active. If you want to help your classroom burn through some of their energy and get the wiggles out, consider putting on an exercise or dance video. Everyone can follow along together, which can encourage camaraderie between the little ones. Not only that, but it’s fun to get up and move, especially if everyone is doing so together. By following along to a video, your classroom can practice hand-eye coordination and work on following directions at the same time. If your students need to get some wildness out of their systems, you may want to simply put on some child-appropriate dance music and let them move as they feel. Classic Disney songs are always a good choice but think of other musicals for kids or movies that strongly feature music, like Shrek.

Don’t let the bad weather get you and your class down. With a bit of planning and some smart preparation in advance, you and the kids can have a blast despite the rain. It’s the perfect time to experiment with math and science, to develop language skills, and to let your class shake out their wiggles with a bit of dancing. After all, recess should be about fun, not just learning.