This week I’m sharing a fun little activity to build vocabulary, grammar skills & communication.
I discovered Words at Work at the National ALTA (Academic Language Therapist Association)conference a couple of years ago.
Before beginning the activity with a student, we go over parts of speech. These cards are not included with the Word Work set, but are very easy to make on Word or Pages.
I set these out on the table before we begin. It helps to serve as a reminder to build great sentence…and students quickly learn that the more parts of speech they add to their sentence, the more points they earn.
Each player should get 5 cards. The rest of the cards go into the middle, face down. Each player attempts to build great sentences using the 5 cards. Students quickly discover when their word cards do not make sense, and they pick from the face down pile until they have the appropriate words to build a complete sentence.It
In order to beat me, my students really focus on using all the parts of speech. I don’t hold back, because I want them to want to beat me. The first 6 or 8 point sentence I put down, starts the competition!
This activity is a great way for LD students to learn grammar and build sentences without pencil and paper. Students must read their sentence and figure out if their sentence makes sense. They must also work to decide what they need to add or take away from their sentence to make it the best and earn the most points possible.
You can order Words at Work 1 and/or 2 online at VC Educational Consulting.
This is a great activity to play at home, too. Make it fun. This is a great example of teaching grammar in a differentiated way. For the learning different student…this allows them a chance to use their strengths to learn an otherwise difficult skill.
If you are looking for other differentiated activities to use at home with your learning different child or in your classroom with your struggling readers and spellers be sure to check out the “Educational Resources” tab at the top of the Home page.
Have a fun time learning this week!!
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