Grammar can be boring.
For me, I always loved it!
Diagramming sentences, explaining parts of speech,
I loved it all!
However, sometimes you need to bring in the Joy Factor
when it comes to dry grammar lessons.
For example, this week I taught my kiddos how to
correctly punctuate a line of dialouge.
Discussing where quotation marks and commas belong
in dialogue can be pre-tty boring!
Here’s how I made it come to life:
I read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,
which is basically dialogue throughout.
Students love it! And not to mention, it’s a great series!
We then examined a quotation from the book,
written correctly with quotation marks and a comma.
Students were then each given their own quote from the book
but written without any punctuation.
They rewrote it, demonstrating appropriate punctuation.
We also had a great discussion about words that can replace said,
like yelled, replied, answered, and more.
I encouraged the students to find a new word for said to add to their quotation.
Finally, I surprised them with a guided drawing of Mr. Pigeon himself!
Art brings wonders to the classroom! I’m telling you!
Who knew quotation marks could be so much fun?
Here makes a great plug for a project I’ve posted on Donor’s Choose.
I’m hoping to add more art activities like this one to my classroom,
especially when I teach science.
If you’re feeling a little generous, check out my project.
Save the Arts in our classroom!