Writing is best learned through daily writing and immersion in the writing process. However, writing mini-lessons can help students learn to craft their writing, and improve writing skills. Games and activities can provide opportunities for students to focus on a particular skills. Learning the rules of grammar also improves writing by making it more effective and comprehensible.
First and Goal Possessive Nouns: Pairs of students practice identifying possessive nouns. When players answer questions correctly, they move game pieces across a football field board in an attempt to either make a touchdown, or to block the quarterback.
Fresh Out Contractions: Small groups of students try to be the first one to a card with two words and the matching card with the contraction the two words make together. You can also use these cards as traditional matching cards, or to play a memory game.
Giggles the Clown Contractions: Small groups of students match cards with their corresponding contractions while trying to avoid Giggles the Clown. Also, the Giggles card can be removed to use these cards as matching cards, or to play a traditional memory game.
Giggles the Clown Subjects: Small groups of students match sentences with their subjects while trying to avoid Giggles the Clown. Also, the Giggles card can be removed to use these cards as matching cards, or to play a traditional memory game.
I Have Who Has Contractions: Large groups of students listen to each other say two words and respond in turn with the corresponding contractions, while trying to put the cards in order. Time your group to see how fast they can do it. Then do it again to see if the time improved. After you play the game, put these cards in a center for individuals or small groups to sequence on their own by stacking them on top of each other.
I Know! Bingo! Contractions: Small groups of students match words with the contractions they make by covering spaces on a board. The first player to cover 4 in a row wins.
Slap It Complete Sentences: Pairs of students think fast to determine if sentences are complete or incomplete. When cards match, the first to slap them gets the cards. The player who gets all the cards first wins the game.
Suit Up Punctuation: Small groups of students collect the necessary gear to play baseball by identifying the most effective punctuation mark to end a sentence.