Reflection: Adjustments to Practice What Am I? - Section 4: Partner Work


The work sample shows that they did not get it.  When I was walking around listening to their discussion I noticed they were not saying much.  So, I stopped and ask one student why if those words all described something.  By the look on his face I knew he was not sure.  So, I explained the reason that they were not verbs and told him he could just erase and move them.  On the document you can see where he moved his words.  The work sample also shows that he is struggling with connecting his verb tense to the noun. The wrote, "he knock on the door."

I also had to ask other groups if they were sure that all those words were the same kind of word. Then,  I had to help every group label their sentence.  Labeling and creating the sentence cause them to struggle.  I had to rewrite a sentence at for each group that showed them how to label the parts.  The example where I write on one groups model is in the resources.

I think the underlying reason students had difficulty with this activity is that we tried to do too much in it without having done the proper preliminary work.  Next year, I will plan to teach my students a separate lesson on identifying nouns, identifying verbs, and identifying adjectives.  Once they have mastery of each individual part of speech, I will teach this lesson to synthesize their understanding of all three.

So, I am thinking of really going deep into the analysis of a noun. Creating an anchor chart together or something my student will remember. Making up some kind of song and mneumonic for a noun. Then I need to just have nouns and they could be sorted by person, place, animal, and thing. This will created deeper understanding of nouns before adding the verbs and adjectives. I will also go into several deep and similar lessons about verbs and adjectives. After a deeper and more thorough set of lessons on each then I can mix them up in a sort. I always seem to try to do too much too fast.

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What Am I?

Unit 19: Language
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT use a noun, adjective, and verb in a sentence.

Big Idea: Students read, sort, and write words on a graphic organizer to classify nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

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