Maximizing the capabilities of the SMART™ Notebook software and interactive whiteboard technology, the lessons provide students with multiple opportunities to practice grammar in authentic and academic situations with a focus and emphasis on oral language development.
With Hands-On Grammar, students learn by dragging, writing, and manipulating objects and text on the interactive whiteboard. This movement creates another pathway to memory that helps students internalize grammar concepts while making grammar fun!
The organization by parts of speech allows lessons to be easily integrated into any existing English Language Arts or English Language Development (ELD) curriculum. All units address English language proficiency standards and English Language Arts Common Core State Standards for grammar.
The 15 units of grammar covered are:
Unit 1: Countable, Uncountable, and Collective Nouns
Unit 2: Regular and Irregular Plural Nouns
Unit 3: Possessive Nouns
Unit 4: Pronouns
Unit 5: Regular and Irregular Past Tense (download sample)
Unit 6: Present Progressive Tense
Unit 7: Past Progressive Tense
Unit 8: Future Tense
Unit 9: Present Perfect Tense
Unit 10: Modals
Unit 11: Comparatives and Superlatives
Unit 12: Conjunctions
Unit 13: Prepositions and Spatial Concepts
Unit 14: Adverbs
Unit 15: Ordinal Numbers
The units focus on grammatical structures where English learners, as well as some English-only students, often make so-called "fossilization errors," or errors typical of basic-level speakers. Such errors seldom cause outright misunderstandings, so they do not prompt clarification questions in everyday discussion, but they mark the speaker as less than proficient in academic environments, where the criteria for correctness are more stringent.
With explicit explanations of the correct grammatical patterns and numerous activities that require active practice and participation by students, Hands-On Grammar helps students develop accurate patterns of language use that support both academic performance and the development of English language proficiency beyond the Intermediate level.
The activities in Hands-On Grammar are aligned to the grammar standards in the CCSS. In the teacher's guide, you will find a list of the standards covered in each unit, as well as the standards that correspond to each activity.