I just finished planning out a year’s worth of grammar lessons for my fabulous fourth graders and I found that the one thing that could be better is the fun factor. We all have those trusty grammar workbooks with page after page of mindless exercises, but where is the fun? Collecting dust!
Last year I used a combination of my journals to take notes, the grammar workbook to “practice”, and copied worksheets that ended up lost forever in our binders. The kids grumbled and groaned every time I passed out another worksheet. I felt like all the work we had put into taking notes in our journals was wasted because I never saw the kids use them again.
What we needed was a way to bring these three pieces together, and what’s better than an interactive journal! I love using these whenever I can and even made a year long one for math…so I got busy making one for grammar!
You can easily introduce Nouns & Capitalization using this Grammar Interactive Journal! Although it is perfect for 4th graders, I think the activities would be well suited for some 3rd and 5th grade students! It is aligned to Texas Standard (TEKS) 4.21B & 4.20Aii but is easily used for any teaching situation!
Your students will enjoy practicing Nouns & Capitalization with the following activities:
- Types of Nouns Notes Page
- Identifying clues to indicate the need for a Singular or Plural Noun
- Learning MINTS for Capitalization Rules
- Sorting proper nouns based on correct capitalization
- Using editing marks for capitalization
- 5 question quiz on Nouns & Capitalization
Each activity includes:
- a task card with directions to be placed at a learning station
- printable student page for cutting and gluing into a journal
- an answer key
Also included are vocabulary cards for a grammar word bank or word wall. I love laminating these and using them on anchor charts as well. Building academic vocabulary couldn’t be more simple!
Each activity can be completed in as little as 15 minutes either as a whole group, with a guided group, or even at a workstation!
This is only the first unit of the journal, so be on the lookout!