Games for grammar usage cover all parts of grammar: parts of speech, the structure of words, and the structure of sentences. There are many grammar games for use in the classroom and online that will help sharpen the skills needed to speak and write English properly.
Students need a lot of practice to learn how to assemble sentences that make a complete thought. Sentences also require certain forms of words to be used, such as:
The following are a few games for grammar usage to play as a class.
The teacher divides the class into two groups and draws two stick men on the board with 10-16 parts. They don’t have to look exactly the same, but they need the same number of parts: head, arms, legs, eyes, mouth, hands, feet, etc.
Read the word to the first student for him to say, spell, and say again.
The game continues until one man is invisible. This could also work for synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech, and rhyming words.
One student is chosen to be the poet and needs help with rhyming words. He walks around and stops behind a desk and asks the student for help rhyming a word.
The game continues until everyone has a turn.
This game could also be renamed and used for other grammar activities:
Word search games can help with sight words, spelling, and learning different kinds of words. There are sites online that you can visit and make this and other kinds of games for your classroom using the words of your choosing. For example:
There are several really good sites online to give the students individual practice. Here are a few examples:
This game covers grades 3, 4, and 5. Its found at Harcourt School Publishers. The third grade level has practice on nouns, pronouns, sentences, and using the correct tense. Grade four covers singular and plural nouns, verbs, prepositions, and sentences. The third grade level has games on sentences, nouns, subject-verb agreement, and punctuation.
There is a fun game online called Grammar Gorillas which is located at Fun Brain. The beginner level of this game has nouns and verbs, and the advanced level has all the parts of speech. On the same page where the game is played is an explanation and examples of a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, interjection, preposition, conjunction and pronoun. Instead of just telling you the right answer, it explains the answer.
Scholastic has five games for grammar usage. The games provide practice for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, and homophones.
The games have colorful graphics and are easy to play.
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