National Grammar Day is an obvious treat for English teachers and can make learning grammar fun for more than just professional lovers of grammar! Founded in 2008 by author Martha Brockenbrough, we now get to celebrate communication, writing, and the English language on March 4 every year. Students tend to take grammar for granted, but we would have a hard time living without it!
Make grammar a treat for your students by using these two classroom activities.
What’s in the Bag, Goose?
For Grades K–1
Children will play a game in which they guess an object by using describing words as clues.
What you need:
- A large bag
- Objects to put in the bag, such as toys, stuffed animals, school supplies, fruit
What to do:
- Select some objects to put in the bag, and arrange them on a table top or tray. Give the class a few minutes to look at the objects. Then hide them from view.
- Have children take turns being the Goose. The Goose gets to choose a "surprise" to put in the bag.
- Have the other children ask questions using describing words. Ask them to take turns saying, "What's in the bag, Goose? Is it something [big, small, round, square, red, green, and so on]? If children are having trouble guessing, you or the Goose can give clues one at a time.
- Once someone guesses the object, have another child take a turn as Goose.