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Activities for Practicing Parts of Speech

Your child may be learning about parts of speech

  • Noun – person, place or thing (cat, Mary, lake)
  • Verb – action word (run)
  • Adjective – describing word (happy)
  • Adverb – describes an action (quickly) Tip: Adverbs often end in ly.

Here are some activities that you can do at home to help your child practice parts of speech.

  • ABC Nouns : Remind your child that a noun is used as the name of a person, place, or thing. Write the alphabet down the side of a sheet of paper. Then have your child write a noun for each letter (for example: astronaut, bedroom, candy, and so on). If your child is stumped, give him or her a hint. “I’m thinking of a noun that begins with d and is the opposite of mom.”
  • Charades :This is a good game to reinforce any part of speech, but especially verbs! Have your child think of a verb (an action word) and act it out in front of the family. Whoever guesses the word gets to be the next actor!
  • Time for ABC Order : Write words that begin with different letters on separate cards (or a piece of paper cut into strips). Mix up the order and put the words down in front of your child. See how quickly your child can put them in ABC order. Try again to beat the last time!
  • Tell Me About It! : Begin by saying a noun, such as star. Then have your child add an adjective to describe the noun (for example, silver star). Take turns adding adjectives that describe the noun, each time repeating any adjectives that were named previously. When players can no longer remember the series of words, begin again with a new noun. This makes a great car game!
  • Adverb Add-On :Review the fact that an adverb adds to the meaning of a verb. Say a short sentence (for example: My dog eats.). Have your child repeat the sentence, adding an adverb such as fast or noisily. Reverse roles and repeat the activity with a different sentence.

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