Hands-On Grammar provides interactive whiteboard content for grammar-based learning lessons. Hands-On Grammar covers 15 areas of grammar with an array of effective, hands-on activities designed to engage students.
Hands-On Grammar is designed for English language learners, long-term English learners, and English-Only students at the Early Intermediate to Intermediate proficiency levels. Read more on the Overview page.
Research shows that English language learners at the Early Intermediate to Intermediate proficiency levels tend to get "stuck" at this level. Hands-On Grammar helps reinforce and expand language for students at this level. Read more on the Overview page.
Hands-On Grammar maximizes various features of the interactive whiteboard to create a dynamic learning environment in which students are absorbed in fun, hands-on, and collaborative grammar learning activities. Read more on the Overview page.
The teacher's guide provides teachers with background knowledge and information behind every lesson. All teachers, novice or experienced at grammar can use this product with the help of the teacher's guide. You can download a free teacher's guide on the Download page.
The length of lessons with Hands-On Grammar will vary depending on the teacher, classroom size, student involvement, and time spent guiding students through the activities. Overall, lessons can range from 30 minutes to two hours, with a grand total of about two years worth of instruction.
Incorporating Hands-On Grammar into Your Current ELD/ESL or ELA Curriculum
Hands-On Grammar is organized by grammatical forms (parts of speech) that English learners at the Early Intermediate through Intermediate proficiency levels are required to know. Most ELD or ELA programs cover the different grammatical forms in the course of their curriculum. The activities in Hands-On Grammar are created to supplement any curriculum you are using.
Follow the steps below to integrate Hands-On Grammar as part of your core ELD or ELA program:
What grammatical form is my core program covering in this unit/chapter/lesson? This should be easily identified in the table of contents or unit overview chart of your core program teacher's guide.
Look at the table of contents in the Hands-On Grammar teacher's guide and find that grammar topic.
Scan the teacher's guide activities to identify the concepts that are new to students or that students need practice and reinforcement in.
Integrate the hands-on activities with your daily curriculum to provide students with new and engaging content to practice grammar.
Use the games and writing extensions at the end of a unit to provide further reinforcement and practice.
Although Hands-On Grammar is designed to be used specifically with SMART͐ interactive whiteboards, you can use it with other interactive whiteboards such as the ACTIVBoard (Promethean). Go to http://express.smarttech.com/ to download the free Notebook Express software that is required to run the files. You have two options for running the files, but it is recommended that you use Option #1:
Go to http://express.smarttech.com/ and download the free SMART͐ Notebook Express Software, and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the software to your computer. Then run Notebook Express Software, and click "Open an Existing Notebook file," and browse and locate the file on the CD-ROM. Then follow the directions in this teacher's guide to carry out the activities.
If you have fast and consistent Internet connection, you can choose not to install the software but to run the file using the Internet-based software. Go to http://express.smarttech.com/. Click on "Open an Existing Notebook file," and browse and locate the file on the CD-ROM. Then follow the directions in this teacher's guide to carry out the activities.
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (www.ballard-tighe.com) proudly brings you Hands-On Grammar - an interactive grammar-learning product designed for the interactive whiteboard.
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