Daily Grammar Practice

This is going to be our “quick” repetitive grammar practice each day at the very beginning of class. I will have a sentence on the board, and they will work with the same sentence ALL week Mon-Thurs figuring out the parts of speech, sentence parts, and sentence types. They will have a quiz on Fridays. Each day they will label a different thing on the sentence. This is what I “think” the agenda will look like:

Monday-label parts of speech

Tuesday-Label sentence parts

Wednesday-Label sentence types

Thursday-Talk about the capitalization and punctuation and review what we have done for the week

Friday-Quiz

The sentence for the week will already have the correct capitalization and punctuation, and we will just discuss the rules as we study the sentence.

The quiz on Friday will consist of a completely new sentence that is in the same format as the sentence we have worked with all week. They will have to label EVERYTHING on this sentence. :)

So, here are the 2 documents that we will use ALL year. The 1st one has all of the notes that they will refer to during the week to help them label the sentence. The 2nd one has all of the sentences we will be working with for the year. I just pulled most of these sentences out of our english workbook (maybe changed some of them a little). :) I’m uploading word and pdf versions for you. These have been adapted from things I found on the internet. I made mine a little simpler for 6th grade.

daily-grammar-practice-think-sheet word

daily-grammar-practice-think-sheet pdf

Daily Grammar Practice sentences word

Daily Grammar Practice sentences pdf

Here are some other websites that you can visit to see how they have structured their daily grammar practice time.

http://iditarodblogs.com/teachers/2009/08/20/daily-grammar-practice-sentences/

http://arussell.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/Daily+Grammar+Practice

http://www.mrsserina.com/dgp.htm

Just a side note here:

I will also be doing english mini-lessons with my kids periodically throughout the year, but this will be the bulk of our “practice” time. All other english “stuff” will be incorporated into our writing! :)

 

  1. I LOVE this idea! One question…will you still use the grammar workbooks that come with the Reading Street program? Unfortunately my school has already ordered a full set of student workbooks.
    Thank you so much for laying this all out for us!

    • Stefanie-

      Shhh-I will not be using those workbooks. :) I already have them in my cabinets, too. I used them every day last year, and hardly any of my kids could identify what we had covered at the end of the year (or even the next week). This is why I am trying something new! Now, if someone tells me that I need to be using them, I will-sporadically!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 :)

  2. Shannon,
    I love this idea! Grammar takes a back seat sometimes. I use MUG Shots, but unfortunately the kids didn’t know their parts of speech. I’m looking forward to using this approach! Thanks for your wonderful resources.

  3. I wish the Reading Street Grammar would start with the eight parts of speech, rather than spread have them all spread out. It is necessary to use parts of speech that haven’t been taught yet to explain certain rules.

    The Mug Shot Sentences are a part of the WriteSource 2000 writing program. I use them as a bellringer activity, but am intrigued by your parts of speech idea. I’m considering using program for a few weeks and working my way into the MugShots and Pearson Program.

    • Yea, I don’t understand why reading programs think that students come in knowing all of this stuff and then that they can actually master it after a week and no review through the year! :) Let me know how your strategies work, and I’ll be posting about mine. I’m going to begin the review of the parts of speech next week.

  4. Love your site ! Could you please allow me to have the study guides ? The ones with the selection tests preferably . I would be so grateful ! Diane

    • I will be glad to! I left my flashdrive at school-I will email you the files tomorrow evening if that’s ok! I don’t think I ever finished all of the units, but I will be glad to finish them and pass them along to you, too! :)

      • Hey, I am new o your site and I am so thankful for it!! I am working with some of the learning disabled students in the 6th grade. They are not doing well on the selection test. I would love to see the study guides for the selection test if I could. I have tried everything.

      • Judy-

        I can send you the study guides that I had made last year that actually have the test questions and answer choices on them (I’m not using them this year). Do you want those? Send me your email address. :)

      • Could I please please have the study guides. I could really use them this year. I’m also trying to do something new. Here is my email: Lachjuso@gmail.com. Let me know if you are going to mail them! Thank you so much!

      • Lori,

        Where do you teach?

      • Michelle Holcomb

        Could I get those as well. You have some great ideas. I am coming to 6th grade from Kindergarten. I could use all the help I can get.

      • Michelle- I wish I could help you!!! I don’t know if I could even find anything now-I’ll be teaching 1st this year!!

      • Tzippy Spalter

        Thanks a lot! On Jul 23, 2014 3:07 PM, “6th Grade Scott Foresman Reading Street

  5. Shannon,
    I would also appreciate it if you could share the study guides you’ve come up with for the SF series. When I get back into school (Monday), I’ll share the parent volunteer driven reading and comprehension assessment we’ve come up with at our school. Once the train the parents, it’s pretty simple to maintain.

    • There are 2 different study guides that I have created. One just has the spelling words, english concepts, reading strategies/skills. The other one actually has the test questions and answer choices for them to fill out each week. Neither one is completely finished for the whole year-still working on them. But, do you want me to share both? Just let me know. I would love to see what you are talking about for the parents!

  6. What will your quiz look like?

    • Mrs. Hall-

      I will post it sometime this weekend for you to look at.

    • Mrs. Hall-

      My quiz will simply be 1 sentence that follows the pattern that we have been using that week. So, if our practice sentence for the week was: We are going to the movies, then our quiz sentence would possibly be: They are walking in the woods. Does that make sentence? I will just make up a quiz sentence each week to go with the sheet of sentences that is on my Daily Grammar Practice page. Hope that helps and sorry it took me so long to get back with you! :)

  7. Veronica McLeod

    Just “stumbled” across your site today and am so thankful for it! This is actually my 3rd year teaching from Scott Foresman and it is a relief to know that not everyone is following along with all that is presented with the series. I have often struggled trying to make lessons “fit” into the time frame that the book suggests, but have not had success. I am anxious to hear more from you. Do you design your own selection tests, or do you strictly use what is with the series. Please share all that you can…I am desperate!! Again, thanks for taking the time to create this wonderful site!

    • Hey Veronica!! You know I teach at Wadley! I think we ate lunch together when some of us visited Oxford City Schools last year! To be honest with you I have not even used anything Scott Foresman so far this year. What I did the 1st 6 weeks was teach the 7 key comprehension strategies, taught them how to write reading response letters that they have to do once each week, taught them how to answer open ended questions, got their notebooks organized for the year, taught them how to do Read to Self and Work on Writing (this is from The Two Sisters’ book-The Daily 5). We have been reading a short reading passage each week. I think I am only going to use a Scott Foresman story/selection test once each 6 weeks and use the fresh reads maybe once or twice each 6 weeks. The other weeks I will use a short reading passage to teach the comprehension strategies/skills. I AM following the scope and sequence of the Scott Foresman strategies/skills because I do want to give them the benchmark assesment each 6 weeks to see if they are making progress. Does all of that make sense? The stories are just sooooooo long that it takes up too much time in my day to use them-when I use a story each 6 weeks I am going to stretch it out for 2 weeks so that I can still have time to teach english, writing, do a read aloud, a couple of mini-lessons on strategies, small group time, and individual conferences. I have just felt that when I tried to use the story each week and test on Friday that I got so bogged down in teaching the “story” that I missed teaching the skills/strategies that they can use with ANY text! :) So I hope that explains a little of what I am doing this year. I would love to hear what you do that you feel like is beneficial for the students!!!! :)

  8. I LOVE your grammar ideas! I teach 5th grade reading and language arts and I do not like to use premade workbooks or follow a teacher manual page by page. I make all of my own assessments and lessons. I’ve done pretty well with the reading part, but have struggled with the language part of it. This is such a great idea and I plan to use the sentence a week as soon as I go back after winter break.

    • Thanks, Christy! I actually changed it a little when school started and do a different sentence each day. Each day we label the parts of speech, subject/predicate, prepositional phrases, types of sentences, kind of sentences. So we still cover almost everything, but we do it each day. I LOVE IT!!!!! About 4 weeks ago I also had them start writing a paragraph story from the sentence of the day. We put it on the ELMO, read it, and critique it-voluntary basis only!! I have them work in groups to critique and compliment. I think they like it, too! :)

  9. IN OUR SCHOOL EVERY DAY WE PRACTICE TH SIX WRITING TRAITS

  10. JARRERY I TEACH LANGUAGE ARTS, READING, AND WE ALWAYS PRACTICED THE SIX WRITING TRAITS, SUBYECT VERB AGREEMENT, NOUNS , PRONOUNS , INTERJECTIONS I TACH 6TH GRADE BUTTT. !!!I LOVE ITTT SO ,MUCHH!!!!!

  11. I am a teacher in Maine.

    • I could not reply directly to you, ShannonJoe. I work in one of the poorest districts in the great state of Maine, and grammar is something I am constantly working on. I love this website!

      • Lori,

        The study guides are for the reading series we use-they don’t have anything for the grammar. I’m sorry!

  12. Hi! I’m the original creator of Daily Grammar Practice, and it’s always fun for me to see teachers using, adapting, and just getting creative with it! I invite anyone who wants more information about it to visit http://www.dgppublishing.com. Have a great summer! :) Dawn

  13. Ha! That’s okay, Shannon. But if teachers like the idea but don’t want to write their own sentences, tests, help pages, etc., I certainly wouldn’t mind if you directed them to my website! Just wondering, though, where you learned about DGP since it obviously wasn’t from one of my books. :)

    • I actually found out about it on another teacher’s website. Don’t remember who. I modified it and used it last year with 6th graders who didn’t know subjects, predicates, or parts of speech. I used a different sentence each day and we just labeled parts of speech, subjects, predicates (simple, compound) , and then types and kinds of sentences(declarative, etc.) (complex, etc.). It was amazing how much they retained since we did it ALL year!!! We also just wrote a paragraph story using the daily sentence and shared and analyzed. I will be teaching 5th and 6th US history this year and only 1 5th language class. I’ll be using the textbook since I’ll be team teaching. Sigh. :)

      I will write another post dedicated to your site next week after I get back from DC. I’ll put it on this blog (that I don’t update anymore) and my new blog.

      http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

      Thanks!!!!

      Shannon

  14. Yes, reviewing the concepts every day for the whole year helps tremendously, but seeing how it all pulls together at the sentence level (instead of working with individual parts of speech) is even more beneficial! I would be honored if you wrote a post about the “original DGP” on your blog, which I look forward to following. I can send you a really fun grammar T-shirt if you want to do a give-away in connection with the post. Have a great trip to DC, and make sure the NEA hears what you have to say! :)

    • Dawn,

      I PROMISE I’m going to write a post on your DGP and put it on both of my blogs!!!! It is a goal for the upcoming week!!! :)

      • Hey, Shannon! Hope your school year is off to a great start! No rush on the blog, but please let me know when you decide to do it. I don’t want to miss it! And let me know if you want me to send you something to give away. :)

      • Dawn,

        I’m just sorry I haven’t gotten around to writing a post sooner! Yes, I would love to give something away. AND I will be glad to buy a t-shirt for myself!

      • Okay! You can see the shirt designs if you scroll through my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dgppublishing). We have several different colors and sizes if you want to let the winner pick what he/she wants before I send it. Or you could give away a Daily Grammar Practice book if you prefer. Just email me about where to mail it to you when you’re ready for it! :)

      • Dawn,

        Good golly Miss Molly!! I promise I’m going to do a blog post about your great stuff-on both of my blogs. This has been a crazy and busy year so far. Just wanted you to know I haven’t forgotten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I LOVE you study guides but we use the Mcgraw McMillan Treasures series so I just used you Template and make study guides for each unit. 36 units later I am excited to use them. Thanks for the great idea

  16. Hi – thank you for your site! I was wondering if I could get a set of your study guides? I teach in PA!

  17. I love this idea. Do you have an answer sheet of what each thing is for that sentence? So let’s say Monday- all the parts of speech you’d cover with them based on that sentence…Please let me know. Thanks!

  18. whats the new blog?

  19. There’s definately a great deal to learn about this issue.
    I really like all of the points you’ve made.

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