Re: Gammar
Tue Oct 6, 2015 15:59

Shannon I seriously laughed when I read your "funny story" because I can totally relate with a similar experience with my family as well. I think you're so right when you made the point that those daily grammar lessons and activities out of the SF series were "disjointed". I also sometimes see spelling instruction that isn't transferred into their writing. I was reading something yesterday that spoke of how important it is for students to make mistakes in math, because then true learning that take place when they're guided in correcting their mistakes. I think this can also apply to this situation with grammar. I'm not saying we should just straight up not explicitly teach and model proper grammar, but that maybe the true learning and application of it can take place while we're conferencing with the students on their writing and helping them correct their mistakes.

  • Gammar - shannonsilver, Tue Oct 6 15:32
    I think that grammar is really abstract for students to understand until they can apply it to there own reading or writing. When I taught 4th grade, we use to complete a grammar lesson daily out of... more
    • Daily Fix-Its - Melanie McLeod, Wed Oct 7 15:27
      Hi, Shannon: We have very limited time for grammar instruction within my daily schedule. However, I would have time for a 'Fix-It' grammar correction practice with 2 sentences (which go along with my ... more
      • Daily Fix -Its - shannonsilver, Wed Oct 7 21:26
        Hello Melanie, That is what we did with Daily Oral Language. I agree teachers have limited time as it is, so choosing the most effective way to teach a concept is key. I saw at a school in the... more
        • Sentence Fix Its - megangouge, Mon Oct 12 09:06
          When I did my student teaching, we used to do the DOL and I felt it was very beneficial for such a short quick lesson. With first grade I used to use the Letterland sentences that are on the spelling ... more
          • DOL - shannonsilver, Mon Oct 12 20:59
            They sure do like to point out your mistakes. Makes it fun and it puts everybody on an even playing field. Did you teach grammar during their writing time as well or did you find it difficult to fit... more
            • Grammar - megangouge, Tue Oct 13 10:27
              During this time I was not focusing much on grammar. I taught grammar separately and did have a hard time fitting it into the schedule!! There isn't enough time during the day to fit everything in!
        • Fix-Its - Melanie McLeod, Thu Oct 8 06:02
          I agree, Shannon. Students need to hear how a correct sentence sounds so that he/she can produce an effective sentence of their own. I think working with a Daily Fix-It sentence correction would help ... more
          • Re: Fix-Its - candithompson, Sun Oct 11 16:16
            My students correct a sentence every day on their morning work. It is not a lot, but I see them starting to pay attention to sentence structure. I also give mini-lessons with nouns, verbs, proper... more
            • Sentence Correction - Melanie McLeod, Sun Oct 11 17:11
              Candy: Thank you for replying. I'm going to try the sentence correction and see how my students respond.
      • Daily Fix it - haleyferrell, Wed Oct 7 15:34
        Melanie, When I was working in 5th grade during a maternity leave the teacher had a daily Fix It for grammar. I feel that it was beneficial because the students, over time, were able to complete this ... more
        • May Try It - Melanie McLeod, Thu Oct 8 05:59
          Thanks, Haley. I may try to fit it in during my morning Welcome Work to see how it goes. At least I would be getting in some basic sentence/grammar structure skills in within my busy day.
          • Worth a try - haleyferrell, Thu Oct 8 09:25
            It is worth a try. If it is too much for your students cut it down to one sentence and start with just one grammar error or one punctuation error. Then, as time goes by start adding more.
        • Re: Daily Fix it - brittanyavery, Wed Oct 7 20:35
          Haley, Do you think this helped them in a way that they were actually able to transfer what they learned in their writing?
    • Re: Gammar - brittanyavery, Tue Oct 6 15:59
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