How to Effectively Teach Grammar

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Are you looking for a curriculum to help you effectively teach grammar? Grammar tends to be one of those subjects that often takes a back burner for many reasons whether it be a lack of time, a lack of resources, lack of knowledge, and the list goes on…

Effectively teaching grammar was something that I, as well as my colleagues, struggled with especially in the beginning years of teaching. I have always taught in a tested grade which meant that precious time had to be devoted to subjects that were part of the required state testing. Very little time was spent on teaching grammar. Year after year, I saw the effects this had on my students. I knew something had to change!!

Grammar became my passion! I wanted to effectively teach grammar, and I so desperately wanted to help other teachers who were trudging right along with me. I had to come up with a way to not just teach grammar but also lay a foundation that helped my students master the grammar skills that I taught. This is when “Grammar Gabs” was born! The units have changed and morphed over the year and will probably continue to change and morph.

Effectively Teach Grammar with Grammar Gabs!

There are many components that make up the Grammar Gabs. The units include everything you need to teach a full week of grammar in a short amount of time.

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Anchor Charts

Each unit includes 5 anchor charts. There are 2 charts that are in color. One is filled in for you and the other has space for you to fill in with your students if you choose. There is also a black and white version with the same information and layout.

I introduce each skill with an anchor chart. Most of the time, I use the anchor chart that is already filled in because we take most of our notes with the guided notes activity. I included the fill-in-the-blank options because some teachers prefer to make the charts with their students.

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Guided Notes and Daily Lessons

Each unit includes a guided notes page that introduces the skill and helps students understand how to apply the skill in the activities. I also include a daily lesson for students to complete. There are lessons for days 1-4 and an assessment on day 5.

I walk students through the guided notes by having them “take notes” related to the skill. This is where they will fill in the definition and work through various types of examples. The daily lessons usually consist of 8-10 questions for students to complete using the information from the guided notes.

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Fun Activities

Each unit includes 5 fun activities to work on throughout the week. These activities can be assigned as morning work, homework, station work, etc…the options are endless.

I usually assign one fun activity a day. The kiddos love the activities and often ask for more. No two activities are alike! Some activities are fun riddles for students to figure out and others are coloring activities. I try to keep them fun, engaging, and rigorous.

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Interactive Notebook (INB) and Skill Cards

The INB is easy to cut and glue. If you do not use INBs in your classroom, that is ok! I don’t typically use them in my class, either. I will simply have the kiddos cut the activity and glue it to a piece of construction paper or a piece of colored printer paper.

For the skill cards, there is a color version and a black/white version. The kiddos will grab a skill card and a sticky note to take to their reading spot. When they are reading, they will look for sentences in their storybook that use the skill of the week. They love being detectives. Sometimes they will compete to see who can come up with the longest or best sentence. Read more about skill cards here.

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Digital Links for how to effectively teach grammar

There are two digital links. There is a link for the daily activities which includes slides for the anchor chart, INB activity, and daily lessons for days 1-4. The second link is for the grammar gab assessment.

The digital information is the same as the printable version. You may or may not use this in your classroom, but I wanted to give you the option in case you are in a 1:1 classroom or you have students who are virtual.

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PowerPoint for Review

I have also included a PowerPoint for you to use when reviewing skills. The PowerPoint includes the guided notes and the daily activities for days 1-4

The PowerPoint is fully animated with answers. Simply sit back, hit the button, and let the PPT do the work! …..If only it were that easy. 🙂

There is so much that these units offer. I also include a recommended lesson plan as well as answer keys for all of the activities. These units have truly made a difference in my classroom as well as so many other classrooms. I work to keep things exciting for the kiddos. Grammar is always a favorite subject for my students. They enjoy learning, but the best part is that they retain the information. That’s a win..win!

If you’d like to give Grammar Gabs a try, you can download a full week of lessons, activities, guided notes, and more for my unit on “Commas in a Series”. I give you everything that you need to try Grammar Gabs for one full week. I am slowly working on adding skills to my store. If you want a skill that you don’t see in my store, please reach out to me and make a request. I have a ton of skills to add! Follow my store, so you can be notified when I release new Grammar Gab resources.

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