There are many pronoun activities that teachers can use in the classroom. Whether you are an early childhood elementary schoolteacher or a secondary school teacher, pronoun activities or grammar games are an essential part of the learning process. The following activities related to pronouns are perfect for a primary school teacher just introducing his or her class to pronouns.
You can set up an activity for students to use a pronoun to replace a person’s name. For example, if you were to write the sentence, “Jane went outside” if you had Velcro stickers, you could have the students place the pronoun for the word “Jane” over her name. If you made it more of a tournament, where there was a prize involved, then you would maintain the interest of the children.
Another idea for a pronoun activity that you could infuse within your lesson plan is to use timed worksheets. Usually when children see a worksheet, they dread it and revere it as being class work that they would rather not be doing. What if you made it fun?
Turn the rows of students into teams. So if you had three rows of four students in each row, then each row would be a team. Each team would elect a team captain. Students would have two minutes to find all of the pronouns listed on the worksheet. The first team that can do it right would win a prize.
Yet another fun idea for encouraging students to learn their pronouns is read funny yet zainy books that will encourage learning through laughter. Two books that you could consider reading are:
You can draw an activity out of these books.
You might consider reading books paragraph by paragraph and stopping in between each paragraph to ask students which pronouns they heard.
Yet another activity would include having a nerf ball and standing or sitting in a circle. Randomly toss the ball to the student and have them say a sentence with at least one pronoun in it. Once they complete the task have them toss the ball to another student and so forth and so forth.
If you really want to get creative, you can create a power point presentation that you would present to the class. Each slide should feature a floating pronoun. Have the students identify both the flying pronoun and any other pronouns that they see. The nice thing about the Power Point presentation is that you can always print it out as a handout for students to take home. You can also reuse it as a handout when delivering a standard pronoun lesson.
Here is a quick checklist of things that you could do in order to teach pronouns and make it a fun and exciting experience for your students.
Teaching students about pronouns can be both fun for you and your students, and before you know it, they will be begging you to teach them more about grammar. Keep it simple. Keep it fun.