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First Grade Grammar Review

In a previous post from two years ago, I wrote about the dilemma of whether or not to teach grammar in 1st grade.

I’m still up in the air, but some of my kids were ready for grammar in first grade and some were not.  So with the last one that was, we did grammar. I came up with a set of grammar review questions to use in our weekly or daily grammar review sessions (at the beginning of class or elsewhere in the day.

Grammar Review

First Grade

What kind of sentence is this? ______________________ With what mark does it end?

Give me an example of a (telling, question, command) sentence.

What is the telling part (predicate) of this sentence?

What is the naming part (subject) of this sentence?

Give me a word that means about the same as (synonym of)  __________________

What is a (noun, verb, adjective, pronoun)? (Give definition of) and give an example.

What part of speech is the word _____________?

Tell the part of speech of each word in the sentence ____________________.

Show how a (object) belongs to (person, thing).

Capitalize this sentence correctly.

Is this a now or past verb?

This is a now verb, make it a past verb.

This is a past verb, make it a now verb.

What does plural mean?

How do we make the word ____________ plural. Why (what is the rule?) (give a word ending in  ay, Cy, x, sh, ch, s; a regular plural, an irregular plural.

What two words make up the contraction ___________________?

What is the contraction for __________ and ____________?

Give an adjective to describe the noun ____________________.

Compare these two objects. (er ending) Compare three objects. (est ending)

Put these three words in ABC order.

What is the opposite of ____________________?

I basically just go through the list and ask as many questions as time allows. Sometimes its just a few questions, sometimes the mood is right for going through them all.  I compiled this from the subjects in our grammar book, so of course for future kids, we’ll just start with the beginning and only go over those concepts covered so far and then add on with what’s on the list as we go.


Posted by on October 6, 2009 in Grade 01


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Science – Living/Non living Sort

Science file folder game- Living/Non living Sort (Pre-K – 1)


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Grammar in First Grade?

    Some curricula include the formal teaching of grammar as early as grade 1. Other curricula or schools of thought advocate holding off  teaching grammar formally until the age of ten or so.  I am somewhere in the middle of the road on this issue.  For me, I do not believe in holding off until age 10 as my older children started earlier than this and have done just fine, insha Allah.  I do tend to start later than grade 1 however, mostly because my children are not really ready to read and do grammar texts/exercises at that age.  If I introduce grammar early on, I try to use sentences that I make up that I know they can read.  The cat sat.  (What is the noun?   Cat.). Otherwise I might  orally introduce a concept such as a noun, given them a simple definition (a noun is a person, place, or thing) and have them pick out nouns in their environment, then I try to quiz them regularly on the definition, but that’s about it at the younger grades.  Sometimes it is too frustrating to try to tackle reading and grammar at the same time so I wait until they are more proficient readers and writers to do formal lessons/study in grammar and just throw in little tidbits here and there.

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Posted by on April 16, 2007 in Grade 01