What's the Word?

Contributor: Lisa Ott. Lesson ID: 10576

Bumpy Banana? Who is that? Ever read a story that didn't make sense to you? Using fun online games, including Mad Libs and Writing Bugs, learn about parts of speech and write colorful sentences today!

categories

Grammar

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Picture this!

Hi! My name is Scooby Doo, but my friends call me Bumpy Banana. My favorite color is the color of pencils and my favorite thing to do is swim. My parents were a tiger and doctor, which is why we lived on a beach. You probably know me from my TV commercial for clothes. I'm the one who says, "Just do it" at the very end!

Was this short story confusing to you? If so, you’re probably not alone!

Writing a story or any written message should be clear for the reader. There are seven parts of speech, or types of words, that can make up sentences that are part of a story. Authors choose just the right words, and carefully arrange them into sentences. Then they combine all of those sentences in a way that makes their stories clear and meaningful for their readers. All of your favorite stories are your favorites because of the words the authors used when crafting the stories.

Are you familiar with parts of speech, the different kinds of words that are used when writing good, meaningful sentences? In this lesson, you will explore parts of speech that will help you write great sentences that make your writing come to life.

Sentences are made up of words that tell, ask, command, or exclaim information. In order to write meaningful messages, learning about all of the available words you have to choose from can be a lot of fun!

So, what are the words that make up a sentence? Use the following Graphic Organizers to brainstorm words that are nouns, verbs, and adjectives. These Graphic Organizers can be found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. These organizers will help you understand the different ways each of the parts of speech can function in a sentence:

  • Noun Graphic Organizer: A noun is a word that names a person, place, or thing.
  • Verb Graphic Organizer: A verb is a word that describes an action.
  • Adjective Graphic Organizer: An adjective is a word that describes a quality of a person, place, or thing.

The following resources show how, by arranging the words you just explored, clear and meaningful sentences can be created!

View the Turtle Diary Simple Sentences Game (turtlediary.com) interactive for grades 1-2. View the Turtle Diary Making Sentences (turtlediary.com) for younger students.

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