Pronoun Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is pronoun and how is it used in writing and speaking? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about pronouns for students. An in-class game and activity allow students to demonstrate mastery.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'pronoun'
  • distinguish between subject and object pronouns
  • list examples of subject and object pronouns

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text lesson What is a Pronoun? - Lesson for Kids
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • A coin
  • A stopwatch
  • Copies of any type of short article from a kids magazine or a couple of pages from some text, enough for each pair

Instructions

  • Begin by writing the following words on the board: 'I', 'me', 'my', 'she', 'he', and 'it'.
    • What do these words have in common?
  • Pass out the copies of the What is a Pronoun? - Lesson for Kids text lesson.
  • Have the students read the introduction and 'What Is a Pronoun?' section of the text lesson.
    • Did anyone guess that the words written on the board are all pronouns?
    • What is a pronoun?
    • Why are pronouns useful in writing and speaking?
  • Tell the class to read the 'Subject Pronouns' section of the text lesson.
  • Write the following sentence on the board for the class: 'Sheila likes to eat pizza.'
    • What is the subject of the sentence on the board?
    • What pronoun could be used to replace the subject with a pronoun in a new sentence?
  • Ask the class to read the 'Object Pronouns' section of the text lesson.
    • What is the object of the sentence on the board?
    • What pronoun could be used to replace the object in a new sentence?
  • Instruct the students to read the rest of the text lesson at this time.
    • Take another look at the words on the board that we discussed at the opening of this lesson. Which are object pronouns and which are subject pronouns?
  • Pass out the worksheet and have students work independently to complete it.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class.

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