Today for our grammar review we played a game. I am currently teaching summer school so most of the topics we cover are review. While the students seemed to be doing fine with nouns, they were struggling with the types of sentences (Declarative, Interrogative, Imperative and Exclamatory) as well as Relative Pronouns (Who, Whom, Whose, Which and That). I decided it was time for an intervention and some fun!
To review these topics I broke students up into groups with various levels of understanding within each group. I then gave each group member a sheet of colored paper to create the blue team, the green team and the yellow team (you could always have more!) All of the student sat in a circle around a bucket in the middle of the circle.
Then came the review! I began asking various questions to the whole class:
"What type of sentence is this: Go walk the dog!"
"What do you put at the end of an interrogative sentence?"
"List 3 proper nouns"
"Write a sentence with 2 common nouns"
"What does a pronoun replace?"
"What are the 5 relative pronouns we have been discussing?"
And the overall review question:
"Write a declarative sentence that has at least 1 noun and 1 pronoun.
After each question, students would turn to their group to discuss their thoughts and ideas about the answer. Once each student had talked with their group, they wrote their answer on their colored piece of paper and shot their piece of paper into the basket in the middle. This became a competition and students couldn't wait to answer so they could throw their piece of paper into the bucket. When normally you ask a question and you get a couple students raising their hands to participate, I now had all students in my class participating and being brave, answering questions even if they weren't sure if their answer was correct!!
After all students have shot their papers, the ones that made it into the basket were pulled and read out loud to the class. We could tell what team the paper came from because of the color. If student's answers were correct, their team got a point; if student's answers were incorrect, we discussed, as a class why and their team did not receive a point.
The students seemed to really enjoy this activity! I was able to see some great collaboration and team work as well as hear discussions about the topics to assess where students thinking was. This activity is so easy to modify and the students were so engaged! I will definitely be doing this activity again!
Then came the review! I began asking various questions to the whole class