Grammar worksheets and activities don’t have to be miserable and boring for students-or for you! Teaching grammar appears to be a something teachers either love or hate. There are a lot of polarizing opinions on how to teach grammar, punctuation, and parts of speech. Some say it should only be taught in the context of writing instruction, while others believe in a daily grammar block. The purpose of this post is not to debate an all or nothing approach. Instead, it will use the principle of grammar should not be an afterthought to instruction but an intentional part of our day.
Grammar Pacing Guide
Before sharing about teaching grammar, I’d like to share the pacing of my grammar units. The grammar pacing guide below is specific to third grade conventions and builds on second grade standards. My grammar worksheets and activities build upon this pacing guide.
The first unit focuses on nouns: identifying, singular and plural, common and proper, possessive, and abstract nouns. In the second unit the focus is on teaching verbs: identifying, linking verbs, helping verbs, verb tense, and subject-verb agreement. The third unit focuses on identifying and using adjectives and adverbs. The fourth unit includes everything else: complete sentences, compound and complex sentences, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and commas.
Incorporating Grammar With Writing
Grammar Worksheets & Activities
Teaching Grammar With Games and Task Cards
Reviewing With Grammar Worksheets & Activities
Consistent review is essential for students to retain what they’ve learned and to be able to retrieve that information from their long term memories. I incorporate spiral review through my homework and morning work. While I don’t send home much homework, the homework I do send home is a spiral review. I don’t like to assign homework on something my students just learned in class, because many students will need reteaching. Instead, I use homework to have my students practice skills they have already learned.
This picture shows my Third Grade Spiral Language Review. This reviews the third grade Common Core Standards language skills through a spiral review worksheet. There is one worksheet for each week of the school year for a total of 36 worksheets.
I also made a 4th grade version of the spiral language review. The skills reviewed include: Relative Pronouns, Relative Adverbs, Progressive Verbs, Modal Auxiliaries, Adjectives (ordering adjectives and identifying adjectives), Prepositional Phrases, Punctuation, Capitalization, Combining Sentences, Spelling, and Homophones.
Some of the skills are tricky for students at the beginning of the year, so I often have students only complete part of the day’s problems until they are ready to complete all parts of the assignment. It usually only takes a week or two for students to be able to complete their morning work in a timely manner.
Teaching Grammar Through Mentor Sentences
There are mentor sentence examples in my writing units. I wrote the sentences to go along with the mini lessons for the writing strategy taught for that day AND the grammar skill taught within that unit. You can learn more about my writing units here.
Mary Ann says
Ashleigh, is this the Parts of Speech bundle in your TPT store? I truly enjoyed all of the lessons you include. I will be teaching third grade next year and your work looks very hlepful to me! Thank you.
Yes! You can find it here.
Ashleigh I love your materials and appreciate the effort you put into all that you create. Would you PLEASE consider creating your grammar materials for fifth grade? Many of your products that I’ve purchased are based on third/fourth grade. I have adapted many of them for fifth, but I am hoping that you will consider creating them for fifth
Fifth grade grammar Pretty please