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  • by Karen Kellaher

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    GrammarPuzzles & GamesKids Cant Resist!40 Super-Cool Crosswords, Codes, Mazes & More

    That Teach the Essential Rules of Grammar

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  • Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the activity sheets from this book for classroom use. No other part

    of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by

    any means, electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without written permission of the publisher. For permission,

    write to Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

    Edited by Sylvia Charlesworth

    Cover design by Jaime Lucero

    Cover illustration by Mike Moran

    Interior design by Grafica, Inc.

    Interior illustration by Mike Moran

    ISBN: 0-439-07756-7

    Copyright 2000 by Karen Kellaher.

    All rights reserved.

    Printed in the U.S.A.

    DedicationTo Colin

    for all your love and support

    And special thanks to Mr. Ed Miller,who made grammar fun for me

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  • Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Word Search PuzzlesNoun Hunt (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Find the Verb (predicate of sentence). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Verbs Help Out (helping verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Good, Better, Best (comparing adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Noun Substitutes (pronouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Contraction Action (contractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14For Short (abbreviations). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    Snail (Wraparound) PuzzlesSingle Minded (singular and plural nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16In the Past (past tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Pick a Preposition (prepositions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Create a Word (compound words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Which One (Won) Is It? (homonyms) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Do They Agree? (subject/verb agreement) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    Crossword PuzzlesMake It Two! (plural nouns). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Invisible Nouns (abstract nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Wheres the Action? (action verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Pronoun Magic (pronouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Awesome Adverbs (adverbs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Its Only Proper (proper adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Subject Search (subject of sentence) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Contents

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  • Partner Stories Food Fight! (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29The Strangest Field Trip Ever (proper nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30Alien Adventure (present and past tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31I See the Future! (future tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Say It With Adjectives (adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33A Parts-of-Speech Circus (parts of speech review) . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

    Crack-the-Code StoriesA Pet Adventure (adverbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Prepositions Show Position (prepositions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36A Conjunctions Function (conjunctions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37Hew, Wow! (interjections). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38To Be or Not To Be (the verb to be) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

    Riddle Bubble TestsA Capital Idea (using capital letters) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40Whose Is It? (possessive nouns). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42The Genuine Articles (a, an, and the) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44Using Contractions (contractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Be Agreeable (subject/verb agreement) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Is It a Sentence? (sentences and fragments) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Be a Comma Cop! (comma placement). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Sentence Enders (punctuation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Quotation Location (quotation marks) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

    Answer Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

    Contents

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  • 5TTTT here is something about games and puzzles thatmotivates even the most reluctant learner. We seethis clearly when we look at our own habits: Asadults, few of us would jump at the chance to take a teston world history, literature, science, or geography.However, we rush to answer questions in these subjectareas when theyre part of a trivia board game, TV quizshow, or Sunday newspaper crossword puzzle. Why? Ibelieve its because the idea of a game or puzzle lends anexciting context to learning, and we achieve a real sense ofaccomplishment when we get the answers right.

    Children are no exception. When subject matter ispart of a game or puzzle, students are more motivated to learn, to remember, and to apply thematerial. Thats the thinking behind Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist!

    Why Use Grammar Games?At Scholastic we recognize that grammar is not the easiest topic to teach. Too often, grammarseems like a collection of rules that must be memorized. Students have a hard time seeing itsrelevance to real life. And teachers sometimes have a difficult time changing students from thecomfortablebut incorrectgrammar habits which the kids are used to using. It is our hopethat Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist! will make the teaching of grammar a little biteasier and a lot more fun. Youll find crossword puzzles, word searches, code games, partnerstories, and more. These are entertaining activities that children already love to do, so consideryour battle half won!

    Some of the special features of this book include:

    GGrraammmmaarr ffaasstt ffaaccttss wwiitthh eevveerryy aaccttiivviittyy.. These reminders review the specific grammarconcept the children need for each activityright there on the reproducible. For example,when students are working with helping verbs, theyll find a list of helping verbs right thereon the page. When they are working with proper nouns, theyll find a helpful reminder toalways use a capital letter. That means your students will not have to look elsewhere forpertinent information.

    OOppppoorrttuunniittiieess ffoorr bbootthh iinnddeeppeennddeenntt aanndd ccoollllaabboorraattiivvee lleeaarrnniinngg.. Some of the activitiessuch as crosswords and word searchesare designed for students to complete individually.Otherssuch as the partner storiesare meant to be tackled in pairs or teams.

    Introduction

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  • 6 SSppeecciiaall aatttteennttiioonn ttoo ttyyppiiccaall pprroobblleemm aarreeaass.. As veteran teachers know, some grammarrules are more troublesome than others. For example, many children have a hard timeforming contractions, forming the past tense of irregular verbs, and choosing thehomonym that makes sense in a sentence. This book addresses these tough topics clearlyand decisively.

    How to Use the BookYou may use the reproducible activities in any order.Here are some suggestions for making the most ofthem:

    11.. Use each reproducible as an immediate follow-upto a grammar lesson to assess what studentshave learned. Because the activities include verysimple instructions and grammar rulereminders, you can easily assign the activities ashomework. I can assure you that your studentswont mind digging into these assignments!

    22.. Use the reproducibles as part of a Grammar Learning Center where the focus changeseach week. For example, while you are teaching about nouns, you may want to copy allof the activities that focus on nouns and store the activities in a designated spot in theclassroom. Send students to the Grammar Learning Center when they finish work early,when you are working with small groups, or any other time individual students are look-ing for something to do. Invite students to make colorful posters of important grammarrules and use them to decorate your Learning Center.

    33.. Consider having students check their own work. (Use the answer key