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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!

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Julieann Samayoa
on January 17, 2019
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day with kids is a wonderful way to teach them the importance of environmental stewardship and conservation. By participating in fun and engaging activities, such as gardening, recycling, and nature walks, children can learn to appreciate and respect the natural world around them. They can also develop a sense of responsibility for taking care of the planet and making a positive impact in their own communities. 

Earth Day is a day to celebrate planet Earth. The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated in events to support environmental protection. Cities and schools planned educational presentations, recycling events, and cleanups at their local parks, beaches, and other outdoor areas. Today, over 141 nations around the world celebrate Earth Day.

Here are 5 quick and creative ways to celebrate Earth Day in the classroom:

1. Go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt!

Enjoy Earth Day by going on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt! Have students grab a clipboard and the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt that's part of my FREE Earth Day Activity Pack. Instruct them to be on the lookout for all that Planet Earth has to offer. Use their senses by asking the following questions:

  •  What do they see? Do they see any creepy crawly insects, birds gliding overhead, new buds or leaves on trees, a clear blue sky, or gray rain clouds?  Have students draw or sketch and color their findings in the boxes on their sheet.
  • What do they smell? Have students focus on smelling. Can they smell any sweet fragrant flowers, fresh cut grass, or someone grilling in the distance?
  • What do they feel? Have students close their eyes and touch the ground. Can they feel the soft grass, or the rough rock, bark on a twig, the warmth of the sun, or even a light breeze?
  • What do they hear? Listen closely. Do they hear a bird chirping, other children playing outside, zipping cars in the distance, a school bell, or plants swaying in the breeze?
  • What do they taste? This one will have to wait for a later Earth Day Snack!

The other purpose of this Scavenger Hunt is for students pick up any litter or trash they find on our mini field trip. Remember to bring a couple of trash bags.

Go on a nature scavenger hunt

2.  Learn About Ways We Can Save the Earth!

In our Earth Day Activity Pack there are three high-interest kid-friendly informational articles and activities to teach about:
*What is Earth Day?
*Ways to Save Our Earth
*The Natural Cycles of the Earth


Save Our Earth Activities

3.  Plant a Flower Sponge

Have students bring in one small new clean sponge from home. Purchase some flower seeds. Have students wet the sponge so that it's really damp. Next, they plant their seeds inside the sponge. Have them push the seeds down into the sponge just enough so the seeds won't’ fall off when the sponge is picked up. Place the sponges on a Styrofoam plate that has each student’s name written in permanent marker. Place the plates in a sunny window. Have students water their sponges each day. *Don’t let the sponge dry out completely. Place a clear plastic container over sponges at night to keep it moist.

4. Spring Clean the Classroom

Earth Day is also about cleaning up our Earth. So why not have the students do some spring cleaning? Buy some Green Wise disinfectant wipes or make your own solution with Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and water in a pail. Dip in a paper towel and it’s ready to go. Have students clean bookshelves, cupboards, supply bins, sinks, counters, and door handles. It’s also a perfect time to clean their desks and cubbies inside and out.

Kids cleaning up

5.  Explore our Earth Day Doodle Coloring Pages

Students will love these Earth Day Doodle Coloring Pages. This pack comes with 12 coloring pages and 4 pages have poems that can be used for National Poetry Month. Coloring activities provide students with time to relax and express themselves creatively.


Whether it's planting a tree, spring cleaning, or simply spending time in nature, there are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and inspire kids to become lifelong advocates for the environment. By taking small steps towards sustainability and showing children how to make a difference, we can create a brighter future for our planet and all of its inhabitants.

 Make Everyday Earth Day