Grammar Games

(GUM, Vocabulary)

by Dr. Laura Wilde
Prepared as an optional resource for Middle School students

GUM and Vocabulary lessons are really important to your success later on in school, but I know that right now it’s a little difficult for you to imagine how you’ll use this knowledge. Besides, it’s hard to remember a lot of it! I’ve looked around the internet for some “grammar games” and I’ve found a few. I hope that playing them will make your learning a little bit more fun. You may be too old for some of the games and that’s up to you. This page is just an option, not an assignment.

Games don’t take the place of lessons! Use them to practice after your lessons are completed. And remember to follow the rules that your family has established for your internet use. First, show this page to your Learning Coach and ask for permission to follow the links. All of them should open with a click of your mouse.

Learning Coach information is in brown type below each game. It will alert you to ads and links that were noted at the time of publication. Please be aware that even on websites developed by school textbook publishers there may be links that lead to other curriculum areas that the publisher supports. These may or may not be worth the time that your student might spend there. Of course, whenever your internet it connected students can get to the entire internet through the address bar so you will want to keep your usual internet safety procedures in place.

If this e-mail is useful to you please keep it on your computer so that your student can use it at other times.

SPECIFIC PARTS OF SPEECH

WORDS, SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS

NOUNS

Game: Noun Dunk
LINK
Practice in separating common and proper nouns and identifying words that are not nouns at all.

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.


PRONOUNS

Game: Life on the Pronoun Reef
LINK
Practice in identifying different types of pronouns

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.


Practice: Lots of Practice with Pronouns
LINK
A practice site; not games

The Learning Coach should review the topics and choose something appropriate. Internet4Classrooms is a valid educational site but it is advertisement-supported. Think of this as a "drill and practice" site that's not particularly motivating in its design but it does provide practice that the Learning Coach doesn't have to create.


VERBS

Game: Verb Power Game
LINK
Practice identifing two types of verbs, and ccontractions in a game that adds a multimedia feature to the picture with every correct answer.

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.


PREPOSITIONS

Game: Join the Kangaroo Rats in the Preposition Desert
LINK
Practice identifying the parts of a prepositional phrase with this simple game.

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.

BUILDING VOCABULARY THROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF ROOT WORDS

Game: Root Out Words
LINK
Set diifferent levels of skills, based on what you've learned so far

Education co-op website; no ads. Students in grades below middle school might use these game as well. There is a link that leads to more games from this publisher; you will want to review this to see if you want your child to visit those pages.

IDENTIFY SENTENCE CLAUSES

Game: Sentence Speedway
LINK
Identify sentence clauses in an automotive speedway game.

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.

PUNCTUATION PRACTICE

Game: Punctuation Campground
LINK
Great for practicing your proofreading skills too!

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.

PROOFREADING

Game: Proofread Up a Storm!
LINK
After a stormy introduction you'll be introduced to a proofreading game.

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.

PROOFREEADING AND EDITING

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
LINK
Concentrate on improving your proofreading skills in spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Then put it all together.

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Students in grades below middle school might use this game as well.

MIXED PARTS OF SPEECH

Game: Grammar Gorillas
LINK
Identify parts of speech with the Grammar Gorillas

Practice: Parts of Speech
LINK
Interractive practice

Publisher's website; no ads; has brief lesson in lower left corner. Two skill levels

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
These web pages offer links to a variety of practice pages. You may choose what would be useful from the links on these sites.

Language Skill Building

Grammar Tutor
There is a new lesson emphasis each week so you may want to check frequently to see if the current lesson set would be useful.

Contact: Laura Wilde
E-mail • 310.210.2278