8th 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.

Grammar is something that students can struggle with mightily and, to some extent, you never stop learning. Make it easier on them and you by trying out some of these 8th grade grammar games.

8th Grade Grammar Games

Grammar is one of the hardest things for kids to learn properly. Grammar has dozens of rules, and many of them seem pretty arbitrary. Learning all of these and using them successfully in writing takes time and practice. But playing some games can help keep students active in the long process. After engaging students with games, you can check for understanding using grammar worksheets. Here are a few activities for you to try:

Part Finding

This game combines reading and grammar. Students will randomly choose a part of speech (preposition, adverb, adjective, conjunction) from a set of index cards. They will then look through a book (chosen by the teacher or perhaps something relevant to what they're learning) and compete to find a sentence with as many examples of that part of speech as possible. The person who finds a single sentence containing the largest number wins. For convenience, here is a list of parts of speech you can write on your index cards:

  • Verb
  • Noun
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Pronoun
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Interjection

Adverb Game

This game helps students practice understanding and using their adverbs. One student leaves the room and is given a randomly chosen adverb. When the student enters the room, the class must give him or her instructions, like, 'Walk across to the bookshelf,' or, 'Touch your nose.' The student follows the instructions in a way that matches the adverb. For example, the student might do the action quietly, or rapidly, or angrily. The student who first guesses the adverb wins that round. Here are some example adverbs you could use:

  • Quickly
  • Slowly
  • Carefully
  • Angrily
  • Nervously
  • Sadly
  • Merrily
  • Gladly
  • Gracefully
  • Loudly
  • Disapprovingly

Sentence Building Games

Learning about grammar is one thing, but building sentences using that knowledge is another. One way to help students practice this skill is using a sentence building game. One version of this game involves picking random parts of a sentence (clause, prepositional phrase, exclamation mark, etc.) from a set of index cards, and having students build sentences by adding an example of one at the end. As each sentence gets longer, students learn the parts that make up a good sentence and how they're structured. For example, one sentence might look like this:

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