Object pronoun games can help bring the concept of pronouns to life. Getting your students to learn about grammar can be tough, especially since many students think grammar is boring – but there is nothing like a game to get students ready to learn! Object pronouns can be an especially difficult concept to teach young people: don’t forget, the object pronouns are me, you, him, her, it, me, and them. Read on to learn some new games to incorporate into your lesson plan to help your students learn their pronouns.
Before you begin to play any object pronoun games, make sure you give students a brief reminder about object pronouns. By reminding students about the seven different object pronouns, you will ensure that they know the "rules" of this grammar subject before getting started on the game play. Playing the object pronoun games will then be a more educational experience and will help to reinforce the grammar lesson you have just taught them.
One really interesting way to get your kids excited about pronouns is by playing bingo. Before the game, brainstorm about thirty possible sentences that have object pronouns in their correct form. Then, remove the object pronouns, and write down three possible answers.
One of the answers should be the correct object pronoun (make sure you mark it for your own records) and the other answers should try to trick your students. Have your students draw a 3 x 3 grid on a piece of paper. Then, have your students fill their 9 squares with the object pronouns of choice in any order.
When you play Object Pronoun Bingo, read the sentence aloud, and ask your students to determine in their heads the correct word to fill the blank. Then, if the student has that word on their card, they cover it with a chip. A student wins the game if they correctly get three answers in a row. Keep playing so that students win often and discuss the correct answers with the class.
Bring in copies of six or seven short age-appropriate newspaper articles to class. Have students use a highlighter to highlight all of the object pronouns they can find. Then, have each student come up to an easel and write down all of the possibilities they came up with. Correct your students. Then, have students act out the sentences from the articles – the zanier the articles, the more fun this activity can be!
Write down all of the object pronouns on index cards and put them in a big paper bag – and make duplicate copies of some pronouns so that each student has a card. Break up the group into teams. Then, have students one by one come to the front of the class and grab a pronoun and return to their team. Have students write a story together in their team, using all of the pronouns they brought back to the group. Have students share their stories with the class.
While games are fun, the main purpose is to make sure that your class is learning as much as it can. Supplement the games with other methods of teaching including lecture and worksheets. Remember, some students learn by playing and doing, while others are audio or visual learners. A mix of games and different learning styles can help to ensure that all students are able to pick up these concepts, which are vital to the skills of good writing that will last a lifetime.