Friday, December 23, 2011

Worksheetless Grammar

Worksheetless - the absence of worksheets.  That's my definition at least.  This would be my preferred way of practicing grammar and most everything else for that matter.  For example, we've been learning about apostrophe s.  A recent big book of ours called Uncle Buncle's House provided the perfect opportunity to practice the skill.  We created a book as we often do.  Each writer used apostrophe s at the end of their name and drew something special that belonged to them.  (Yep, that's me in Hailey's picture.  How sweet.)

In order to help us learn about homophones, we made the following book about "to" and "two."  On one side of the paper the child wrote, "I went to..." and on the other "I have two..." 

What other skills could I teach using the creation of a classroom book that will be in the hands of little learners over and over throughout the year?  I'm thinking the options are quite endless.
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  1. LOVE that you teach grammar within real writing and not in copying sentences! Great stuff!

  2. Thanks Lori. Worksheets = blah :)

  3. I know this is an old post but I love this idea! I'm struggling with how to teach grammar because of A: No time in the day and B: I hate using worksheets! Thanks for the great idea!

    Primary Teacherhood

    1. Ashley, thank you for coming by. I always love it when I hear someone say the words, "I hate using worksheets!" :)

  4. I just had a conversation about this last week with the kinder teacher. How to teach grammar without worksheets. We are clueless at our school especially since we don't devote a lot of time to grammar instruction- just a worksheet a day. Sigh.

    So I have a couple of questions-

    1. How long do you stay on a grammar concept?
    2. How long does it take to make a class book?
    3. How much time in the day do you devote to grammar?
    4. How do you assess it?

    Thanks!!! :)


    1. Shannon, thank you for the great questions. I'll email you.