Adjective. Noun. Verb. Adverb. Parts of Speech. BORING. How can you incorporate the parts of speech into a fun learning game? Answer – Parts of Speech Review Games!
Silly games to review parts of speech
Parts of Speech Word games where you complete the story with random words from various parts of speech categories are a great way for kids to review nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. You may remember those games called Mad Libs (TM) where you filled in the blanks with the appopriate category from the parts of speech. You created crazy, silly, sometimes completely nonsensical stories to read out loud. They were a hit when you were a kid. They are still a hit now. Kids love them!
Kids love these (insert adjective) parts of speech word games!
What’s the best way to incorporate these word games?
#1 – Captain Obvious – Work in Pairs
One person asks his/her partner to name something in the appropriate category. That person writes down what the other person says in the appropriate blank. When they are finished, they read the story out loud to their friend. Take turns and switch roles so each person gets a chance to be in each role.
#2 – Silent Work
Print off the parts of speech category list seperately from the story. Have the student fill out the list first and then fill in the blank with the appropriate part of speech on their own. Early finishers will get a kick out of their own cleverness.
#3 – Great for Foreign Languages
Looking for a way to review parts of speech with foreign language students or ESL learners? These silly sentence review games help foreign students remember the parts of speech. It is beneficial to both the person asking for the parts of speech category and the one giving the response because both participants will have to remember what the part of speech is (example, noun, adjective, plural noun, verb, etc). Do you remember the word for noun from your high school Spanish class? I sure don’t! But I might have if I played these games!
#4 – Group Review in Classrooms
Have an adult volunteer take a group of 2-4 students in the hallway and ask all the students to come up with the appropriate category to complete the parts of speech silly story. Each student will fill out their own list but all the stories will be read out loud to everyone. Students will encourage one another to remember the right category and they will enjoy hearing the different words that their fellow peers came up with.
#5 – Use as a Party Game Before Holidays or Breaks
Games that teach the parts of speech that can be used at a party?! This is a hit with kids and teachers alike. Look for parts of speech review games that incorporate themes like Christmas, Spring Break, Earth Day, or St. Patrick’s Day. I have lots of options at my TpT store for themed silly sentence games.
- New Year’s
- Groundhog’s Day
- President’s Day
- Spring Break
- Earth Day
- Testing Break
- End of Year
These Parts of Speech Games are so much fun!
#6 – Do It In Reverse
Can the kids fill out the parts of speech categories to make the stories make senese? What noun would fit in the sentence? What adjective could be used to make the sentence complete and make sense? Have students time themselves to see how long it takes them to create a story that actually makes sense.
#7 – Test Break
Ending the school year? Kids feeling fried because of testing? Keep copies of these grammar games on hand to complete as a group between tests. Kids will enjoy making these funny stories together and it will give them chance to unwind and destress with some laughter.
Break the normal routine. Use the (insert adjective) games for a fun review of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.
How do I play?
The basic instructions are simple! One person asks his/her partner to name something in the appropriate category. That person writes down what the other person says in the appropriate blank. When they are finished, they read the story out loud to their friend. Take turns and switch roles so each person gets a chance to be in each role.
Lots of Options
Want to start using these games? Check out the different themes at my store.