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Teacher: Name two pronouns.
Kid: Who, me?
Q. What happened when the past, the present, and the future got together?
A. It was tense.
Q. What do you get when cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
Q. Why don't kleptomaniacs understand metaphors?
A. Because they take things literally.
Q. Why was the broom late for work?
A. Because it over-swept.
Q. What do grammarians call Santa's helpers?
A. Subordinate clauses.
Q: Why did airport security turn away the vulture?
A: Too much carrion luggage.
Q. Why did the bird crash into the mountain?
A. Because it was flying solo. (So low.)
Q. Why wasn't the fashion show very good?
A. Because it was sew-sew. (so-so)
Q. Why did the perspicacious person put all his money in the ocean?
A. In order to salt it away.
Q. Why aren't doctors good sports?
A. Because they're sore losers.
Here's a creative collection of ready-to-go, classroom–tested grammar games, complete with reproducible boards, cards, and pieces. The games tap into all learning styles (visual, logical, interpersonal, kinesthetic, etc.), not just verbal learning. For grades 3-6.
These are the favorite games, the ones students actually ask to play:
Noun Hounds board game (name people, places, and things from A to Z)
Walk the Walk Charades (adverbs)
Command Performance (imperative verb tense and following directions),
The Black Hole (pronoun board game)
Where's Herman? (prepositions)
Run–On Riddle Relay Race (run–on sentences)
Word Jam (contractions concentration)
The Drop Dead Grammar Slammer Game (grammar review)
Teach and learn vocabulary the smart way—using Latin and Greek roots and prefixes and a real-world context (medicine, cooking, advertising, and so on). A few favorite games:
Triage: A Word Emergency Game (words with a human body or medical origin)
Toga Treasure Hunt (searching for Latin-based words)
Verbosaurus and Bingo Lingo (match words with word roots; use word roots to make words)
Le Menu (food words)
Advantageous Advertising (use vocabulary skills to create powerful product names)
This book is out of print after a very successful run but is available in used editions. I'm working on issuing the best games in digital and boxed set editions.
Here's a sampling of my favorite activities from TEACHING SHAKESPEARE: YES YOU CAN:
Rude Dude or Kind Mind? (change Shakespeare's insults into compliments)
Who's Who at the Masked Ball? (use witty conversation to guess which character other students are portraying)
Humorous Homonyms and Other Puns
Dying in Style (those famous last words!)
Dear Blabby (give advice to troubled characters)
Characters Stand Accused (a mock trial)
High-Class Costumes (Why was the color of clothing such a big deal?)
This book is currently out of print, but I'll be reissuing the content in digital form in the near future. Meanwhile, look for used copies online or at the library.
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Outdoor fun for 6 to 8 year olds.
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Lively games and activities about grammar, vocabulary, and dictionary skills.
Great American History Games, 15 Primary Source Activities (plays, games, readings, and more) and more!
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