- Third Grade
- Reading, Writing
- 70 minutes
- Standards: L.3.1.A
In this activity, students will make a step book with the definitions and examples for nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. This information will be solidified with a fun hands-on game!
Students will be able to define the parts of speech and give examples.
Introduction (15 minutes)
- Introduce students to parts of speech by defining them as words that have different functions within a sentence.
- Go through the parts of speech one at a time, writing the definition on the board along with a few examples. Create example sentences to help your class understand the placement.
- Ask your students to provide you with some examples to check for understanding.
- If necessary, spread this part of the lesson out throughout the week to give your students ample time to absorb the information.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Play the Play the Bag Game: Learn Parts of Speech activity as a class.
- Reiterate the definitions of the parts of speech either verbally or by writing them on the board.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Show students the step book they will be using to help them remember the different parts of speech.
- Write "(Student's Name)'s Parts of Speech Book" on the first flap, then the names of each part of speech on the following flaps.
- Show them that the definition of the term goes on the back side of the flap before it, so that when the book is open you can see both the definition and the name of the part of speech.
- Have students return to their desks.
- Have students write "(Student's Name)'s Parts of Speech Book" on their premade books, following your example.
- Next, show them where to write the first term.
- Walk around the room to make sure this is done correctly.
- Next, have them open the top flap, and point to where they will write the definition of the term.
- Walk around to aid any that are confused.
- Have them write the definition of a noun once you ensure they are pointing to the correct spot.
- Next, have them point to where they will write the examples from the board in the book, below the definition and above the term.
- Repeat these steps with the rest of the terms.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Allow students to decorate their books with drawings that represent the parts of speech to them.
- Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to come up with more examples and color code them and their drawings to the parts of speech.
- Support: Help students as needed with copying from the board. You can also have definitions preprinted which can be glued in place if needed.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Check flaps for accuracy and make sure all terms are defined correctly.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Group students up again and reread the definitions on the board.
- Ask if anyone came up with any other examples that you didn't have previously and add those.
- If chart paper is available you can make an anchor chart of each term to hang in the room rather than writing it on the board.