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Fun grammar for 2nd/3rd grade?


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Not a program, BUT, at this young age, you can get a lot of "bang for your buck" learning-wise with some of these grammar supplements, books, and games. The Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar videos and the Mad Libs were not only a huge hit here, but DSs really got something out of them. Enjoy! Warmest regards, Lori D.

BOOKS (gr. K-3) -- check your library for these!
- Very Silly Sentences (by DK Publishing)
- Noun Hounds and Other Great Grammar Games (by Lorraine Egan)
- A Mink, A Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun? (by Brian Cleary)
- A Lime, A Mime, a Pool of Slime: More About Nouns (by Brian Cleary)
- To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb? (by Brian Cleary)
- Slide, Slurp, Scratch and Burp: More About Verbs (by Brian Cleary)
- Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective? (by Brian Cleary)
- Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb? (by Brian Cleary)
- I and You and Don't Forget Who: What is a Pronoun? (by Brian Cleary)
- Under, Over, By the Clover: What is a Preposition? (by Brian Cleary)

- Mad Libs (gr. 1-6) parts of speech -- GREAT learning through fun!
- Grammar Ad Libs (gr. 1-6) parts of speech

- Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar (gr. 1-5) parts of speech -- GREAT learning fun!

- Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar software (gr. 1-5) parts of speech

- Punctuation Paintball (punctuation)
- Grammar Gorillas (parts of speech)
- Flash Games (variety of grammar topics)
- Game Zone (variety of grammar topics)

GRAMMAR "BITE" A DAY in a fun continuing story (all by Jan Kiester):
- Eggbert, the Ball, Bounces by Himself (gr. 1)
- Putrescent Petra Finds Friends (gr. 2)
- Elementary, My Dear! (gr. 1-3)
- Caught Ya! Grammar with a Giggle (gr. 3-6)'



Comicstrip Grammar (Greenburg)

Giggly Guide to Grammar (Campbell)

Hot Fudge Monday: Tasty Ways to Teach Parts of Speech (Larson)

Fun With Grammar: 75 Quick Activities and Games (Sunley)

Grammarland (Nesbit) -- free book, read online


WORKSHEETS: EduHelper Build Your Own Worksheets (gr. 1-6):
- Proofreading
- Capitalization
- Commas
- Apostrophes
- Contractions
- Quotation Marks
- Capitalization/Punctation Reviews

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To add to Lori's list, if you want to take a living books approach...


Kites Sail High by Ruth Heller

Many Luscious Lollipops by Ruth Heller

Mine, All Mine by Ruth Heller

Merry-Go-Round by Ruth Heller

Behind the Mask by Ruth Heller

Up, Up and Away by Ruth Heller

Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal! by Ruth Heller

A Cache of Jewels by Ruth Heller

The Giggly Guide to Grammar by Cathy Campbell

The Girl's Like Spaghetti by Lynn Truss

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynn Truss

Twenty-Odd Ducks by Lynn Truss

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I'll second Schoolhouse rock videos -- you can find them on youtube. I'd preview them first -- they are rather dated and some make me cringe a bit, the grammar ones less so, but definitely fit the sensibilities of the '70s. Good little memory hooks.


Madlibs are a fun way to practice the basic parts of speech as well as vocab.

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My second grader LOVES Growing with Grammar. I wouldn't think of it as 'fun' necessarily, but it's been her favorite subject this year.


We like these too but Button's not nuts about them -- he never loves writing. We're alternating with MCT is, so far, going well: if he didn't have GWG I think MCT would feel like work, but as it is he thinks MCT is a vacation from GWG. :D


FWIW, try one Ruth Heller book before you get the whole bunch: they are perceived as truly tedious 'round here. Despite the gorgeous pictures & luscious language...

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FWIW, try one Ruth Heller book before you get the whole bunch: they are perceived as truly tedious 'round here. Despite the gorgeous pictures & luscious language...


I don't know why anyone buys them at all, honestly - or the Brian Cleary ones, which I see people here buy a lot. They're so short and the price for a picture book is pretty high. But I say this as someone whose kids don't reread things much, so there's that. We got both sets from the library and revisit them occasionally.

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My kids are enjoying Grammar Tales from Scholastic. I bought the guide from a Scholastic dollar sale and it has little books you can print. The books mostly cover parts of speech and some usage. There are little crosswords/wordfinds at the end.


We are slowly going through Grammar Island as well. I wouldn't say it is fun, but it isn't hard or boring.

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