This week is a tricky week. School's not out yet. We've got to keep some school going without sending the kids into revolt. I've got a two part plan for this. It's academic, but the kids are willing to do it. Even happily.
Part 1 is Parts of Speech Week. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? The kids pretty much give me a blank stare when I announce this excitedly.
Each day gets a part of speech: nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. We start the day off with a book or two by Brian Cleary. Love his books!
Then, we move on to Grammaropolis.
Grammaropolis. If you have not been on this site, you are seriously missing out. Grammaropolis takes you through each of the eight parts of speech with songs, videos, and instructions. It's seriously genius. And teachers get a free subscription. Fuh-ree. You can view the noun neighborhood of Grammaropolis without a log in. Go visit Grammaropolis now. And take your students with you. (They have a way cool iPad app, too)
After taking a stroll though Grammaropolis, they're free to visit other websites with games focusing on that parts of speech. I put them all together here to make it easier.
Finally, we top it all off with Pendemonium. What's that? You've never heard of Pendemonium? It's an awesome series on Discovery Education. There are 12 different videos each about 23 minutes long. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, capitalization, prefixes/suffixes/root words, you name it.
You could also add in word sorts, practice sheets and art projects. Whatever it takes to make it!