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Grammar Games

Let's face it, grammar is one of the more boring subjects to study. We actually do most of our grammar work in context to our foreign language studies, comparing how we use language to other foreign  languages. Sometimes, however, it is fun to learn and review grammar concepts with these games.
Grab a stack of magazines and newspapers and have fun with your students learning grammar!

Make-Your-Own-Madlibs
Take an article from a newspaper or magazine and cross out random words and put over the words what part of speech it is. Now just play like regular Mad-libs.

Parts of Speech Charades
Begin by having each player to think of a noun or a verb to act out. For younger learners, try just noun and verb pantomimes. For older learners, try putting together adjective/noun and verb/adverb combinations.

Parts-of-Speech Sorting
Have your students cut out words from magazine and newspaper headlines and ads, and then put the words into piles or envelopes labeled with the various parts of speech.

Silly Headlines Using words cut out from magazines and newspapers, have students make crazy headlines for faux newspaper articles or just silly sentences. Each part of speech must be used correctly.

Newspaper Hunt
Bring out some old newspapers or magazines. Have students pick out one article for pronouns, one for adjectives, one for nouns, one for verbs, and one for adverbs. You could also do conjunctions, prepositions, helping verbs, etc. If you wish, you can have a race to see who can cricle the most of whichever part of speech in each article.

Bean Bag Toss
You’ll need a bean bag and either an old Twister game or a large piece of paper with squares marked on it. Each one should be labeled with a part of speech. Take turns tossing the bean bag onto a square. The student should then identify something that matches that part of speech.

The Minister's Cat
All players sit in a circle, and the first player describes the minister's cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'A' (for example, "The minister's cat is an adorable cat") Each player then does the same, using different adjectives starting with the same letter. Once everyone has done so, the first player describes the cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'B'. This continues for each letter of the alphabet.

In an alternate variation, the first player describes the minister's cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'A', the second with the letter 'B' and so forth, going around the circle.
In both variations, a player is "out" of the game if they are unable to think of an adjective, or if they repeat one previously used.

Do you know of any other grammar games?

4 comments:

  1. Great ideas! I'm bookmarking this!

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  2. I really like the Mad Libs idea.

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  3. I love activities like this. Well, except for The Minister's Cat, I had a hard time with games like that.

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