March 23, 2013

POS Round-up

As I posted earlier in the week, my sixers have been hitting the parts of speech pretty hard lately, at least the identification part. They do very well when each part of speech is worked in isolation, they do well when two or three are practiced at one time, but when we look at all of them together... uh oh! Some of my kiddos have even been staying after school- voluntarily- to get in extra practice. They've done worksheets, quizzes, lessons galore and are getting a bit ho-hum with the practice. 

So to perk things up a bit this week, that LOOOOOONG week just before a break, we are going to have a Parts of Speech (POS) Round-up on Tuesday morning.  I've been gathering the materials and organizing everything for the past few days. Today it's all ready, except for the laminating (that's Monday morning). 

Here's how it will work. Instead of a regular Language Arts class I'll be setting up six stations, one per table, around the room. Each table will house one activity for practicing the parts of speech. Students will rotate every fifteen minutes until they have visited each station and completed the activity. 

The stations are as follows:

1. POST... a card game for up to six players in which each player brainstorms a list of words for randomly selected part of speech beginning with a particular letter

2. Mystery Pictures based on the fowl tempered friends with whom my sixers love playing

3. Egg-cellent Verbs and Egg-citing Sentences... identifying verb tenses and writing sentences with randomly selected verbs that are hidden inside of Easter eggs

4. Parts of Speech Dice... purchased from Amazon, that require students to write sentences using particular parts of speech

5. MadLibs... Easter stories, collected from across the internet, to be completed by providing missing parts of speech

6. Parts of Speech Computer Battleship... the familiar board game turned digital at Quia Quiz site

Tuesday's Round-up should make it a little more fun when practicing the parts of speech. It should also help to make the day pass more quickly... ONE MORE DAY CLOSER TO EASTER BREAK! Can you tell I'm ready?

Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. One-click dice at Amazon... done!
    Download "feathered friends"... done! (So sweet of you to share!)
    Download egg-cellent second parts of speech freebie ... done! (Love!)
    Add POST to my TpT cart... done!

    You just wrote Tuesday morning's lesson plans. THANKS for the help and the pre-Spring Break inspiration, Angela!

    PS Become a new follower on this sweet blog... done!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. Welcome to The Teacher's Desk 6, Kim! Glad you found something here that you can use. I have visited your blog several times. I love to see what other sixth grader teachers are doing!

    My sixers will get the biggest kick knowing that students across the country will be doing the same thing as they on Tuesday morning. If you have the time, please let me know how your kiddos respond to the activities. Enjoy this last week before break!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

  3. I love this!(I'm a few days late, but I somehow missed this post.) I can't wait to use some of this with my kiddos. They will love the angry birds activity.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. I'm glad you like the idea, Bethany! I'd love to hear how your class likes the activities, especially the Angry Birds. My boys are wild for the AB Mystery Pictures. I can't keep up making new ones. LOL!

    The Teacher's Desk 6


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