ALEX Learning Activity

  

Paper Plate Grammar Review Game

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Melissa Tucker
System:Etowah County
School:Hokes Bluff Middle School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2256
Title:
Paper Plate Grammar Review Game
Digital Tool/Resource:
 
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable
Overview:

The students will work as a team to accurately answer the question posed. Students must agree on the answer, gather the letters needed to spell it, and arrange themselves so that they hold the letters in order and right side up. The first group to correctly answer is awarded the point(s) for that question. This review game requires communication, collaboration, and creativity and can easily be adapted to any subject area.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.3.1]

a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences. [L.3.1a]

b. Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns. [L.3.1b]

c. Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood). [L.3.1c]

d. Form and use regular and irregular verbs. [L.3.1d]

e. Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses. [L.3.1e]

f. Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.* [L.3.1f]

g. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. [L.3.1g]

h. Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. [L.3.1h]

i. Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences. [L.3.1i]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.37- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.3.37a- Demonstrate correct use of nouns and verbs.
ELA.AAS.3.37b- Demonstrate correct use of plural nouns.
ELA.AAS.3.37c- Demonstrate correct use of adjectives.
ELA.AAS.3.37f- Demonstrate correct use of pronouns.
ELA.AAS.3.37g- Demonstrate correct use of adverbs.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.4.1]

a. Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why). [L.4.1a]

b. Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses. [L.4.1b]

c. Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions. [L.4.1c]

d. Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag). [L.4.1d]

e. Form and use prepositional phrases. [L.4.1e]

f. Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.* [L.4.1f]

g. Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).* [L.4.1g]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.4.38- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.4.38a- Demonstrate correct use of nouns and verbs.
ELA.AAS.4.38b- Demonstrate correct use of plural nouns.
ELA.AAS.4.38d- Demonstrate correct use of adjectives.
ELA.AAS.4.38f - Produce complete sentences.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.5.1]

a. Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences. [L.5.1a]

b. Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses. [L.5.1b]

c. Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions. [L.5.1c]

d. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.* [L.5.1d]

e. Use correlative conjunctions (e.g., either/or, neither/nor). [L.5.1e]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.5.38- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.5.38a- Use conjunctions and prepositions correctly in sentences.
ELA.AAS.5.38b- Use correct verb tenses when speaking and/or writing.
ELA.AAS.5.38e- Use conjunctions correctly (i.e., and and or).


Learning Objectives:

Students will:

demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage.

form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.

form and use regular and irregular verbs.

form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses. 

use parallel structure.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage, After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

1. Students will be divided into groups of four to six.

2. Each group will be given a set of A-Z Paper Plates.

3. The teacher will discuss expectations (noise level, scoring, participation, etc.)

4. The teacher will explain the following rules:

  • The answer must be formed so that the teacher can read it from left to right.
  • The answer must be spelled correctly.
  • If the answer requires multiples of the same letter, the students must move from spot to spot (in order) Ex. The desired answer is BABY. The student holding the B must, while the teacher/judge is watching, either move their body from the 1st B position to the 2nd B position or pass the B plate to another student who is standing ready in the 2nd B position.
  • The teacher will observe the first group that signals they are ready. If they are not correct the teacher will move to the next group until someone gets the answer.

5. The teacher will display questions/prompts for the students. 

  • Plural/Possessive Nouns-Ex. I need the plural form of the word CHILD. Students would spell CHILDREN. I need the singular possessive form of BUSH. Students would spell BUSHES. 
  • Regular/Irregular Verbs-Ex. Please complete the following sentence. The players have _______ (play) their last game. Students would spell PLAYED. She ______ (see) an airplane yesterday. Students would spell SAW. 
  • Parallel Structure-Ex. Change the underlined word to create a parallel sentence structure. I enjoy golfing, reading, to cook, and hiking. Students would spell COOKING. 

6. The teacher can pull questions from any appropriate source, i.e. the text, internet, tests, teacher-created materials, etc. to find appropriate questions.

 

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will ensure each team is spelling each word correctly and the correct form of verbs and nouns are used.


Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need to supply the following materials: 1 package of 150+ white paper or styrofoam plates (8" or larger).

Plates will be divided into stacks of 27. Each stack will contain a plate labeled with each letter of the alphabet (A-Z) and one apostrophe. Use a different color marker to label each set as it will be easier to manage later. (Those colors may serve as team names.)

Write each letter on the plate using a clear, bold print.

Variation Tips (optional):

Number sets could be created for math problems.

Upper and lowercase sets could be created (or a "capitalizer" plate) to review capitalization rules (proper nouns).

These plates can be used for reviewing any subject or grade level content. You could ask a question and have the teams spell out the correct answer for science, history, math, etc. 

Younger students could use plates to practice spelling or vocabulary words.

Since students are reviewing in teams, you could award bonus points for the winning team(s) or you could give points for participation.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Students will quickly learn that they must work together to spell the answers in order (especially if multiples of a letter is involved) and that they should communicate quietly to avoid being overheard. 

Students will get very creative while trying to devise ways to answer faster than the other groups.

Expect intense competition.

For more durable plates, you could use vinyl lettering, etc. on styrofoam instead of markers on paper.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: game, noun forms, plurals, possessives, practice, verb forms, verb tense