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Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist!Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

40 Super-Cool Crosswords, Codes, Mazes & More That Teach the Essential Rules of Grammarby Karen K ellaher

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PROFESSIONALBOOKSN ew Y ork * Toronto * * London * A uckland * * Sy dney Mexico City N ew Delhi Hong Kong

DedicationTo Colin for all your lo e and support vGrammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

And special thanks to Mr. Ed Miller, who made grammar fun for me

Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the activity sheets from this book for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without written permission of the publisher. For permission, write to Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

Edited by Sylvia Charlesworth Cover design by Jaime Lucero Cover illustration by Mike Moran Interior design by Grafica, Inc. Interior illustration by Mike Moran

ISBN: 0-439-07756-7

Copyright 2000 by Karen Kellaher. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.

ContentsIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Word Search Puzzles

Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Noun Hunt (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Find the Verb (predicate of sentence). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Verbs Help Out (helping verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Good, Better, Best (comparing adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Noun Substitutes (pronouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Contraction Action (contractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 For Short (abbreviations) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Snail (Wraparound) Puzzles

Single Minded (singular and plural nouns) In the Past (past tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . Pick a Preposition (prepositions) . . . . . . . . Create a Word (compound words) . . . . . . . Which One (Won) Is It? (homonyms) . . . . . Do They Agree? (subject/verb agreement) .Crossword Puzzles

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Make It Two! (plural nouns). . . . . . . Invisible Nouns (abstract nouns) . . . Wheres the Action? (action verbs) . . Pronoun Magic (pronouns) . . . . . . . Awesome Adverbs (adverbs). . . . . . . Its Only Proper (proper adjectives) . Subject Search (subject of sentence)

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ContentsPartner Stories

Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Food Fight! (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Strangest Field Trip Ever (proper nouns) . . . Alien Adventure (present and past tense verbs) . . I See the Future! (future tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . Say It With Adjectives (adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . A Parts-of-Speech Circus (parts of speech review)Crack-the-Code Stories

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A Pet Adventure (adverbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . Prepositions Show Position (prepositions) A Conjunctions Function (conjunctions) . Hew, Wow! (interjections). . . . . . . . . . . . . To Be or Not To Be (the verb to be) . . . .Riddle Bubble Tests

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A Capital Idea (using capital letters) . . . . . . Whose Is It? (possessive nouns). . . . . . . . . . The Genuine Articles (a, an, and the) . . . . . Using Contractions (contractions) . . . . . . . . Be Agreeable (subject/verb agreement) . . . . Is It a Sentence? (sentences and fragments) Be a Comma Cop! (comma placement). . . . . Sentence Enders (punctuation) . . . . . . . . . . Quotation Location (quotation marks) . . . . .

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Introductionhere is something about games and puzzles that motivates even the most reluctant learner. We see this clearly when we look at our own habits: As adults, few of us would jump at the chance to take a test on world history, literature, science, or geography. However, we rush to answer questions in these subject areas when theyre part of a trivia board game, TV quiz show, or Sunday newspaper crossword puzzle. Why? I believe its because the idea of a game or puzzle lends an exciting context to learning, and we achieve a real sense of accomplishment when we get the answers right. Children are no exception. When subject matter is part of a game or puzzle, students are more motivated to learn, to remember, and to apply the material. Thats the thinking behind Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist!

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Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Why Use Grammar Games?At Scholastic we recognize that grammar is not the easiest topic to teach. Too often, grammar seems like a collection of rules that must be memorized. Students have a hard time seeing its relevance to real life. And teachers sometimes have a difficult time changing students from the comfortablebut incorrectgrammar habits which the kids are used to using. It is our hope that Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist! will make the teaching of grammar a little bit easier and a lot more fun. Youll find crossword puzzles, word searches, code games, partner stories, and more. These are entertaining activities that children already love to do, so consider your battle half won! Some of the special features of this book include: Grammar fast facts with every activity. These reminders review the specific grammar concept the children need for each activityright there on the reproducible. For example, when students are working with helping verbs, theyll find a list of helping verbs right there on the page. When they are working with proper nouns, theyll find a helpful reminder to always use a capital letter. That means your students will not have to look elsewhere for pertinent information. Opportunities for both independent and collaborative lear ning. Some of the activities such as crosswords and word searchesare designed for students to complete individually. Otherssuch as the partner storiesare meant to be tackled in pairs or teams.

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Special attention to typical pr oblem areas. As veteran teachers know, some grammar rules are more troublesome than others. For example, many children have a hard time forming contractions, forming the past tense of irregular verbs, and choosing the homonym that makes sense in a sentence. This book addresses these tough topics clearly and decisively.

How to Use the BookGrammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

You may use the reproducible activities in any order. Here are some suggestions for making the most of them: 1. Use each reproducible as an immediate follow-up to a grammar lesson to assess what students have learned. Because the activities include very simple instructions and grammar rule reminders, you can easily assign the activities as homework. I can assure you that your students wont mind digging into these assignments! Use the reproducibles as part of a Grammar Learning Center where the focus changes each week. For example, while you are teaching about nouns, you may want to copy all of the activities that focus on nouns and store the activities in a designated spot in the classroom. Send students to the Grammar Learning Center when they finish work early, when you are working with small groups, or any other time individual students are looking for something to do. Invite students to make colorful posters of important grammar rules and use them to decorate your Learning Center. Consider having students check their own work. (Use the answer key on page 58 to post the answers on the board.

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