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Kids hate grammar rules? Let them break them all in this grammar game where the goal is to break all the grammar rules. Fun grammar games for the win!
This year, we’re using Write Shop Junior level E as our writing program and we love it. It is perfect for Monkey, who has ADHD and tends to fight when it is time to write. She’s a beautiful writer, and so creative, but the act of putting pencil to paper and making sure she’s writing with proper grammar makes writing a chore for her. Write Shop is perfectly suited for children who struggle with writing for whatever reason.
Write Shop itself has tons of hands-on activity ideas. However, I wanted to solidify some of the basic grammar rules a little further, but in a fun and hands-on way. So, I came up with this idea as one of our fun grammar games.
Fun Grammar Games: Break the Rules!
There is no better way to learn what the rules are then by playing a game where you break them. My kids have a perverse streak that I gave them and love breaking whatever rules are currently in place. I knew that Monkey would absolutely love this game where the goal is to break the grammar rules.
What you’ll need for this grammar game:
- Large die
- Glue stick
First, I thought of six common grammar rules. You can use whatever you are currently learning, but we picked these:
- A sentence must be a complete thought.
- All proper nouns must be capitalized.
Do not use double negatives.
- Don’t overuse adverbs.
- Use the correct spelling of “your.”
- The subject and verb must both be singular or plural.
Write your grammar rules onto six pieces of paper the same size as each side of your die. Glue or tape one grammar rule to each side of the die.
Roll the dice, then when the grammar rule is revealed, write a sentence breaking that rule!
Monkey loved this game, and although she didn’t realize it, she actually learned the rules a lot better this way than she would have any other way.
Make the game more advanced by using two or more die filled with grammar rules. Roll two (or more) dice together, then write a sentence that breaks both grammar rules.
I was incredibly pleased how well this game turned out and supported our other Write Shop lessons.
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