Do your students like to read or write crazy stories? Do they students need a refresher on the different parts of a sentence? Help them with both using this fun activity-based lesson.
Students will be able to use different parts of speech appropriately to complete a fill-in-the-blank fairy tale.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell students that today, they're going to work on writing a story. For this story they'll have to remember their parts of speech.
- Conduct a quick review with students about the different parts of speech. Suggested questions include: What are the parts of speech? What is an adverb? Can anyone tell me what a noun and a pronoun are?
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Display the Crazy Stories: A Trip to the Beach worksheet.
- Explain to the students that today's stories are already partially written. Now they have to fill in the blanks with the correct parts of speech.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Complete the worksheet as a class, calling on the students in order to fill in each blank.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Pass out the Fairy Tale Fill-in-the-Blank worksheet.
- Read the instructions out loud to the students, making sure they all understand what to do.
- Have students complete the worksheet and turn it in when finished.
- Enrichment: Allow advanced students to create their own short fill-in-the-bank stories (they can exchange their stories with other friends).
- Support: Struggling students may be allowed to work in pairs to complete their worksheets. They may also have their stories shortened or partially filled in by you.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Evaluate students' worksheets and observe their participation to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Take two or three of the completed worksheets and read a few sentences of each to the class (without including the authors' names).
- Compare and contrast the different stories. Ask questions such as: How did these stories turn out so differently when they all have the same blank spaces? Who can tell me why each story is a little different?