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7th Grade Grammar Games

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

English grammar rules are hardly simple. Anything we can do to make the process of learning grammar easier is worthwhile. So, try out some of these fun grammar games, which work well for seventh graders.

7th Grade Grammar Games

The rules of grammar are like the rules of a complex board game - if you don't know what they are, it can take the fun out of the whole thing. Thankfully, young children are like sponges, and they absorb most of the basic rules of grammar just through living in the world. Unfortunately, English grammar is at times so arbitrary and complex that we really do need to be taught the finer points. Grammar lessons can be dull and boring if we let them, but we can combat this by involving our students in some fun grammar games. After engaging students with these group activities, you can check for understanding using grammar worksheets.

Correction Round Robin

To prepare for this game, place large pieces of paper around the walls of the classroom. On each piece of paper, write a paragraph with many grammar mistakes. Put students into a number of groups equal to the number of sentences around the classroom (more is better, and groups can be as small as two students). Students should also be given a red marker (like a dry erase marker or similar). The goal is for students to correct errors in the sentences. Start each group at a different sentence, and after correcting one error each, have them rotate clockwise to the next sentence.

If they think that the paragraph has no further errors, they can put a tick underneath it, though other students can disagree with them and continue. Keep rotating the groups until most or all of the sentences have been fully corrected. Read the sentences aloud, and then discuss as a class if the sentences remaining have any further errors.

Sentence Grouping Game

For this game, come up with several sentences, and split them into parts of a sentence on separate index cards. For example, one card might contain a subject, another might contain a verb, and yet another might contain a prepositional phrase. Hand the cards out to students randomly. The goal is for students to form groups containing all of the parts of a valid sentence. If there are students left over, point out that there may be more than one sentence you can form from the cards, and have them try to re-position themselves to fix the problem.

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