How about some Winter, Grammar Style?

I know I promised to talk about Winter: Grammar Style, but then the holidays hit. After the celebrations, presents, and sickness (twice for me, once for my superbaby), here is a post for the winter grammar packet.

Before I being my explanation of the card decks, I should point out that there are several holiday-related cards per section, though the majority of the cards are not specific to holidays but to winter and winter activities in general.

Winter: Grammar Style is divided into eight sections for varying goals: irregular plurals, regular plurals, is/are, was/were, pronouns, regular past tense, irregular past tense, and posessives. At the end is a reinforcement game that works with any target.

For irregular plurals, students have to identify the best sentence from a group of three. I typically laminate these cards, so either students answer orally in the session or I have them circle their answer with a dry erase marker. Most of the foil sentences act like the word is a regular plural with an "s" on the end(like "reindeers"), although you occassoinally run across some interesting deviations, like "reindeeren."

Next up: regular plurals. These cards are set up with a blank for the plural noun. Students decide between the two options as to what best fits in the sentence. I usually have the students read the card and then either orally decide, or circle it with a wet/dry erase marker. When I want to make it a little harder by not giving options, I read the card to the students, and prepare the card with "Your word is __ fill in the blank with the plural form." That way, they do not have a cue from the card.

The next set of cards target "is" versus "are." Students read the sentence and fill in the blank with either "is" or "are" to make a complete sentence. I acually also use these cards with a student who is working on present progressive (he/she is +verb-ing), because he needs the model of the sentence.

Following closely on the heels of "is" versus "are" is the "was" versus "were" deck. These cards have a sentence written on them. Students read the sentence and decide if the sentence is grammatically correct or not, such as "I were sleeping." If the sentence is incorrect, the student rewords the sentence so it is correct ("I was sleeping," in this case).

A sorting mat is also included for correct and incorrect cards. Have students review at the end of the game/session how to correctly say the sentences in the "wrong" pile.

Then comes the pronoun deck. Students have to decide which pronoun makes a better sentence on these cards. Pronouns targeted include: I, you, he, she, they, we. These are designed for the students that have difficulty with "I/me", "us/we," and so on.

After pronouns, we have regular past tense. In this deck, students read the sentence and decide if it is grammatically correct or not. These cards can also be used with the storing mat. Sentences that are wrong should be fixed by the student who reads them.

The next deck is irregular past tense. Once again, students have to decide which sentence is best between three sentences. Students can either answer out loud in the session, or circle the sentence they believe to be correct.

The last set of cards in this deck is possessives. Students fill in the blank with one of the three possessives listed on the card. If you want to make the task a little harder, read the sentence to the student without the three options and have them fill in the blank.

Ending the packet is a reinforcement game. I simply call it Catching Snowflakes to my students, though I did not name it in the packet. The idea of the game is to catch as many snowflakes as possible!

Set up is easy, just dump the cards out face down on the table. Students take turns (after answering questions) selecting cards hoping to find snowflakes. Watch out for the sun, though, because a sun will melt all of your snowflakes.

I modify this game for all of my groups, as it is the most popular game with my students. Since I print out two pages of the cards and laminate them, I can write words or sentences for my articulation groups on the cards while they play. Sometimes, I write different categories or items to compare or contrast on the cards, or I simply use a card deck from Oh, Language Games with this game.

Side note: Each card has a unique snowflake, so my students love to find as many different snowflakes as they can. I print out two copies of the cards for a full game, and they get really excited when they find out their snowflakes match.

Another variation on these using these card decks is to turn them into homework! I simply print a page from the desired card decks to send home as homework...students simply write the answers on the set of cards they are given to take home, and we review their answers during the next session.

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Posted by on 2014-01-08 19:32:58. Last updated: 2014-01-08 19:36:39.