Monday, February 18, 2013

Making Grammar Interactive... Classroom or Hallway Hunts Giveaway!

Workbook pages, schmerkbook pages.

That's how I feel anyway.  I know, I know... they are a necessary evil and we do maybe one per week.  Usually when I introduce a grammar skill, we complete a workbook page.  But, as part of the grammar practice, I get my kids up and moving.

We play Back-to-Back, use my classroom carpet, and usually do a game each week as part of one of our mini-lessons.

One of my favorite ways to make grammar interactive is with classroom or hallway hunts.

It is not uncommon in my school building to see sentences, words, or pictures randomly taped on the walls throughout the hallways.  Both the 3rd and 4th grade ELA teachers use hallway hunts often as a way for kids to show they know our grammar skills by doing something other than sitting and completing a workbook page.

Instead, we type out what we want our kiddos doing on cards, number them, and hang them up in the school.  Kids get a recording sheet and walk through the halls, searching for, and completing the cards.  They L-O-V-E it and I love it too!  It's fun and achieves the same goal as a workbook page, but the kids are moving and having a good time.

When we do hallway hunts, they are whole class activities.  But I also use classroom hunts.  A lot.  Instead of hanging the cards in the hallway and going out as a group, I hang cards in the classroom and assign my students to complete the hunt as part of their independent word work for the week.

While I meet with small groups, students have to budget in time to complete the hunt.  I love when I'm working in my groups, seeing kids with clipboards and recording sheets, reading, thinking, and writing as they travel around the classroom!

I have several classroom or hallway hunts in my TpT store and would love to give you the chance to win your choice of two of them... there are {in order of the pics below!} ABC order, pronouns, verbs, plural nouns, abstract nouns, contractions with not, linking verbs, contractions with pronouns and verbs, possessive pronouns, singular and plural nouns, and the last picture is for a freebie hunt for singular and plural nouns!  I've linked up each picture below so you can check them out and decide which two you'd like if you win!  :)  Several of them are part of larger grammar packs with more than just the hallway hunt activity... so the two winners will get the whole pack!

    
 
To enter all you have to do is comment and leave a suggestion for a future classroom or hallway hunt!  So far, I've only been putting hunts on TpT that I'm using in my classroom, but I'd love to hear what you'd like to see in the future.  I'll ask hubby to pick TWO random numbers on Wednesday and, not only will those people win TWO of their choice, but when I finish the activity for their suggestion, I'll send them both that one too!

I'd love to hear how you keep grammar practice fun and engaging in your classroom too.  It's such a biggie on the ACT that we've got to get our kiddos prepared now so they can continue to grow into grammar police as they get nearer to that test in high school!  How do you keep it fun and limit the workbook/worksheet pages while still practicing skills?

57 comments:

  1. Would love to see different types of sentences ending with a period, question mark, and an exclamation point. My students always need practice with sentences! Hoping to win! Looks like fun!

    rachelmd93@gmail.com

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  2. I think fact and opinion could be a fun hunt!

    -Maria
    everyonedeservestolearn@gmail.com
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  4. My kids could really use help becoming fluent with their addition and subtraction facts. Good to know about the ACT! Reinforces why I make sure to teach grammar daily.

    Brenda

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  5. I would love the St. Patrick's Day Cintractions with NOT and Find the Force Contractions. How stinking cute are they? Hallway/classroom hunts sound like a fun way to gt them up, moving and learning. Worksheets are so boring! I would love to see a hunt for verb endings -s, -ed and -ing.

    idreamof1@aol.com

    Stacy
    Live Love Laugh and Teach!

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  6. I would love to see one one main idea or theme. I teach a small group of 10 students, so the larger whole group scoot and "I have who has" games don't work as well. This sounds like it could be a good alternative.

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  7. How about one on adjectives? I love the idea of a hallway hunt!
    Teacher Gone Digital
    teachergonedigital @ gmail (dot) com

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  8. My 2nd graders need help with fact and opinion and cause and effect. I have never done a hallway hunt, but we do a classroom "gallery walk" to indroduce each reading unit, by hanging up various photos that go along with the theme for the unit. The kids really like it! I would love to win one of the grammar packs and try it out with my class :)

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  9. One on adjectives and adverbs would be great. Also a classroom hunt on possessive nouns would be nice as well. Maybe one on nonfiction text features which is big in common core. I created non-fiction and fiction task cards that my kids play Scoot with, so I know they would love doing this as a classroom hunt. I play Scoot alot in my class to get them moving. They also love using the iPads and I try to incorporate language arts skills into the extended text that we are reading. Thanks for the opportunity to win and also to share some ideas with you! Math classroom Hunts would be great as well! :)

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  10. I like to use similar activities sometimes, too. I'd love one on sentences (is it a sentence or not)!

    mrsamynovellino@gmail.com

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  11. I know it's not quite grammar... but I would love a prefix suffix root word type pack. This looks like great fun!

    deb

    debinderry@gmail.com

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  12. My kids really struggle with adverbs so I would like to see one using adverbs.

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  13. My students can always use practice with prepositional phrases. Sentence editing would also be an idea. Thanks for the fun. You've got me and my students hooked on the hallway/classroom hunts, they are such a fun way of learning!
    ahenry4443ah@gmail.com

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  14. Love this idea! What about a spelling family classroom hunt? To sort into word groups...for example long e spelling patterns?

    Lindsey - lmburto@gmail.com

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  15. What a fun way for the students to learn! Love the 'hunts"! My students can sure use practice with adjectives!

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  16. What a fun way for the students to learn! Love the 'hunts"! My students can sure use practice with adjectives!

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  17. Love them!! What about categorizing or beginning/ending sounds of words?
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  18. I love the hallway hunt idea!!!!! What is Back-to-Back?

    Bridget
    Literacy Without Worksheets

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  19. how about contractions or anything with grammar?
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

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  20. I like to do centers (math and ELA) from the Amy Lemon's store. We also do "I spy" just as you described the hallway hunt. I'm definitely going to do that. Thanks for the great idea and wonderful packs you prepared. We are currently doing irregular verbs.

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  21. I love this but I have to set up just as we go in the building for the hunt otherwise they will be gone :( My kids have a blast when we get to do stuff like this. I would LOVE to see some preposition ones
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  22. When I first introduce a concept, the kids catch on pretty easy. Say, for example, singular nouns the first week--no problem. Week 2: plural nouns--not too bad. Week 3: possessive nouns--starting to get the confused look. Week 4: plural possessive nouns--eyes glazed over. As we build and extend, it gets murkier and murkier. By the time we're finished, it's a hot mess. I could use all the help I can get!

    Chris
    cryazzienj@yahoo.com

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  23. My students and I are OBSESSED with scoots, hunts, etc. I think you could do them with anything!! Maybe some different comprehension skills???
    Julene Hoffman
    jhoffman143@yahoo.com

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  24. Love the ideas to get kids moving about while learning and being assessed! I would like to see complete sentence or fragment, fact and opinion, geometric shapes, and measuring with a ruler. Theanks for sharing your great ideas!

    Mary
    Teaching Special Kids

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  25. I love hallway hunts. In 4th grade I used them as "museum tours" for SS and Science. I'd hang info on the walls and they'd take notes that way. Now I use a lot of math word problems that are seasonal. Rachel

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  26. What about Author's Purpose hallway hunt? Maybe use the PIE idea, that would be cute! Love your ideas! Thank you!

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  27. What about finding the main idea? That is something most of the fourth graders at my school are struggling with!

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  28. My children would love some practice on quotation marks! :) Thanks!

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  29. My friends love any hunt. They also love your back to back game! Any any of these look super! What about synonyms and antonyms. Thanks! renae2125@gmail.com

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  30. My class would love all of these! How about one with compound words? Then about about some for math? Sdavis6281@hotmail.com

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  31. I love this idea--I'd like to see a verb tenses activity ( past, present, future).

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  32. I would like to see a combination of parts of speech. The students would have to read the word and decide if it is a noun, verb, adjective, etc...
    becky.bacon@cox.net

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  34. My kiddos struggle the most with adverbs. I would love for them to be able to find adverbs!
    ashleymbelk@yahoo.com

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  35. I love the force one! I am definitely going to have to get that one! I would love to see an -s, -ed, and -ing one. My kiddo's really struggled while learning that this year.
    Jean
    Diving Into 2nd Grade
    robinsonj@ccabr.org

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  36. I love the idea of classroom hunts. Worksheets can be so blah! What about doing some phonics ones like having words with ir, ur, and er? Then the kiddos could find them and write them under the correct category on their paper.

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  37. My class and I do these all the time! Any task cards I have, I hang them up on the wall and ta-da it's a hunt! Some math ones would be awesome! I'm a reading gal and always need more help with math!
    Thanks so much!
    briawnacallahan@gmail.com

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  38. I would love a comparative/superlative hunt...if I hear 'more bigger' one more time, I will scream!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  39. Would love a present tense vs past tense hunt!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  40. I would love to see one for synonyms and antonyms! Thanks.
    Michelle
    Mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

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  41. I think that a hunt practicing the skills of pronouns would be very helpful:)

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  42. Prefixes and Suffixes. I'm always trying to find fun ways of learning the meanings of these words and how to use them.

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  43. I love this idea. Maybe do one for high frequency words/editing punctuation.
    linbet21@yahoo.com

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  44. I think an adjective hunt would be great. To keep things exciting and try to stay away from worksheets, we use white boards at the carpet for spelling practice, high frequency words, and word building. I find that the kids are more engaged and they definitely help to cut down on the worksheets!
    Laura
    Enchanting Elementary

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  45. These are great and keep the kids moving. I would love one for prefixes and suffixes.

    Cindy

    cl14mentor@oh.rr.com

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  46. I have done a few hallway hunts and they have been very successful. My 3rd class loves them and really seems to learn more from them. I would like to see something with subject/verb agreement, irregular verbs, and/ or helping verbs. These would be useful in my classroom. Your hunts look fantastic!

    Thanks,
    Deb
    maxeysjl@defnet.com

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  47. I would love a math in the real world hunt or a science in the real world hunt!

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  48. Wonderful! I can see lots of "homeschooler whole house hunts" coming up in our future..... Love all the comments above - any of those would be fab. Also a comparison between words that start with "ph" Vs words that start with "f"; a true / false hunt on any subject; rhyming families; put up a picture and they have to select between 2 words to choose the one with the correct spelling (could use commonly misspelled words). Am off to put some of your hunts on my wishlist. Thanks for this opportunity. thursdaytook@hotmail.com

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  49. My kids love to walk around the room and "hunt"! What about one on dictionary skills--guide words or phonetic spelling? Also, one combining all the major parts of speech would be great.
    THANKS! kenney.anne@oakwoodschools.org

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  50. We just discovered Scoot games and Classroom hunts this year. I like how it gets the kids up and moving in a somewhat controlled manner. ;-) We usually have done hunts with math facts but I have been working on a new abbreviation word hunt to try next week. I think a cause/effect hunt might be fun and I love T Bell's idea of choosing the word that is spelled correctly. (This is probably because we have been working with all the different ways to spell the /oo/ sound this week.) Thanks for the inspiration!
    apyle AT gmail DOT com

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  51. I would love to see a main idea/detail hallway hunt. My second graders sure are struggling with it this year!

    Lori

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  52. How about making a subject/verb agreement or past-tense irregular verb game? My students love to play Scoot:)! I LOVE your goodies!!!!!

    ~Sara
    Sweetsarabowling@gmail.com

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  53. I love your post about Hallway Hunts. I, too, like to get my kiddos up and moving as much as possible! It's good for the body and the brain (and gets those wiggles out). I teach first grade and I haven't checked out your store yet, but I will after I comment. I'm not sure if you already have something for kids to hunt for word families or thematic words.

    The reason I stopped by today was to let you know that I blogged about you today! It's weird to talk about someone that I've never met, (so I felt like you should know...and it's all good :) ) but I've used your little desk fairy in my class and wanted you see what my kiddos think! http://friendlyfroggies.blogspot.com/

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