Nounmania and Verbmania

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Language Arts, Writing, Editing, Grammar

Grade 1- 3

Objective

Students list as many nouns and verbs as they can in a limited time.

Directions

Before introducing the activity to students, enlarge the noun pattern letters and verb pattern letters from the student sheets and copy them onto tagboard. Make the letters as large as possible, one per tagboard, if you can. Laminate the letters, if desired.

Remind children that nouns are words that name people, places, or things. Pass out the noun sheet to each child. Have students cut out the letters and arrange them to spell NOUN. Then ask students to write as many nouns on the letters N, O, U, and N as they can in five minutes.

At the end of five minutes, have the children share the words they wrote. Record their ideas on the large tagboard letters. Display the letters for the students' future reference.

Remind children that words are used to show action. They are words that tell what people, places, or things do. Pass out the verb sheet to each child. Have students cut out the letters and arrange them to spell VERB. Then have them write as many verbs on the letters as they can in five minutes. Record their ideas on the large tagboard letters.

Display the letters for the students' future reference.

Resources

  • tagboard
  • noun sheet (one per student)
  • verb sheet (one per student)
  • permanent markers
  • pencils
  • scissors (one pair per student)
  • laminating machine (optional)

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