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Reading, Vocabulary, Parts of Speech


50 Mins

Grades K–4
Lesson Plans
Grades 3-5

Grammar on the Go (Grade 3)

Students will use color to organize information as they identify the basic parts of speech in a reading passage.

Students will identify basic parts of speech in a reading passage.


Grammar on the Go Student Printable (PDF)

Classroom Mini Poster (PDF)

Whiteboard and low-odor dry erase markers; pencils; markers


Background Discussion (10 minutes)

1.  Review the parts of speech with students.  Write the following definitions on the whiteboard in the colors indicated:

  • Noun (write in BLUE):  A word that names a person, place, or thing
  • Verb (write in RED):  A word that describes an action
  • Adjective (write in GREEN):  A word that describes a quality of a person, place, or thing

2.  Write the following sentence on the board:  My furry dog BooBoo barked when a big truck drove by our house.

3.  Together with students, identify the parts of speech in the sentence.  Circle then nouns in blue (dog, BooBoo, truck, house), the verbs in red (barked, drove), and the adjectives in green (furry, big).

4.  Direct students' attention to the classroom poster.

Using the Student Printable (20 minutes)

5.  Distribute copies of the Parts-of-Speech Field Trip Student Printable (PDF) to students. Read the directions aloud and allow time for students to complete the worksheet.

Colorful Extension Activity (20 minutes)

6.  Have students creatively illustrate any part of the story.  Then, have them label their drawing, and display it in the classroom.

7.  Have students write a paragraph to continue the story.  Separate students into pairs and have them trade paragraphs.  Have pairs circle the nouns, adjectives, and verbs in one another's paragraphs and add them to their charts.

Answer Key:

Nouns:  alarm clock; Elllie; bed; teeth; stairs; mom; eggs; farm; chickens; school; classmates; bus; Mrs. Gibbs; day; one; bus; Farmer Henry; eyes; animals; horses; cows; rabbits; chickens; class; students; Jamal; field trip

Verbs: rang; jumped; dressed; brushed; ran; made; said; are going; come; bet; smiled; exclaimed; boarded; going; to have; was; walked; believe; counted; taught; showed; milk; let; collect; asked; said

Adjectives: noisy; yummy; great; first; brown; large; furry; feathered; best

Using the Classroom Poster:  Color is a great way to help students organize new vocabulary words.  Ask your students to think about the four seasons and review the nouns, adjectives, and verbs that tell about each season.  Then, ask the students to think of their favorite words to add to each list.

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