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Grammar Fir Tree Activity (3–8)

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks... Continue Reading

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ideas To Get Students Writing Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented the quickwrite strategy. A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Consultant with the Wyoming Writing Project and co-presented a session on “Reading & Writing as Argument” at the University of Wyoming. The audience was composed of both elementary and secondary teachers. One anchor chart that was presented asked: What counts as writing?... Continue Reading

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference concluded just before Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. I had the wonderful opportunity to take Bradley, my oldest son... Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Tips for Revising Sentences Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet (6–12)

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only obscures ideas, but causes readers to become frustrated. Here are five strategies (with examples) that students can use to revise their wordy sentences. Continue Reading

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Meaningful Revision to Deepen Students' Writing

Teachers understand that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers... Continue Reading

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter (3–5)

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves. Upper elementary students can write a formal letter to a favorite author, and primary students can write friendly informal letters about the weather. Continue Reading

Friday, December 12, 2014 | CG Lessons 6-8, CG Lessons K-5, CG Seasonal Activities Winter

Grammar Fir Tree Activity, Grades 3–8

The fir tree is a common symbol associated with the December holidays. Decorating the tree is a tradition often shared among family members. What traditions do your students celebrate this time of year?

Have students think of their family traditions and write about them.

Holiday Key

Holiday star: Punctuation marks
Candy canes: Prepositions
Garland: Nouns
Decorative balls: Verbs
Presents: Adjectives and adverbs

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks. For instance, a student should think of their family traditions and write every noun associated with that tradition on the garland, every verb on the decorative balls, every adjective and adverb on the presents, every preposition on candy canes, and every punctuation mark on the holiday star.

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Download the grammar fir tree and its decorations so students can compete to see who can make the most descriptive holiday tree in the class! Color the tree decorations and post in your classroom!

 

 

 

 

 

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