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Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist!Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

40 Super-Cool Crosswords, Codes, Mazes & More That Teach the Essential Rules of Grammarby Karen K ellaher

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DedicationTo Colin for all your lo e and support vGrammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

And special thanks to Mr. Ed Miller, who made grammar fun for me

Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the activity sheets from this book for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without written permission of the publisher. For permission, write to Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

Edited by Sylvia Charlesworth Cover design by Jaime Lucero Cover illustration by Mike Moran Interior design by Grafica, Inc. Interior illustration by Mike Moran

ISBN: 0-439-07756-7

Copyright 2000 by Karen Kellaher. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.

ContentsIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Word Search Puzzles

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Noun Hunt (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Find the Verb (predicate of sentence). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Verbs Help Out (helping verbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Good, Better, Best (comparing adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Noun Substitutes (pronouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Contraction Action (contractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 For Short (abbreviations) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Snail (Wraparound) Puzzles

Single Minded (singular and plural nouns) In the Past (past tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . . Pick a Preposition (prepositions) . . . . . . . . Create a Word (compound words) . . . . . . . Which One (Won) Is It? (homonyms) . . . . . Do They Agree? (subject/verb agreement) .Crossword Puzzles

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ContentsPartner Stories

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Food Fight! (common nouns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Strangest Field Trip Ever (proper nouns) . . . Alien Adventure (present and past tense verbs) . . I See the Future! (future tense verbs) . . . . . . . . . Say It With Adjectives (adjectives) . . . . . . . . . . . . A Parts-of-Speech Circus (parts of speech review)Crack-the-Code Stories

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A Pet Adventure (adverbs) . . . . . . . . . . . . Prepositions Show Position (prepositions) A Conjunctions Function (conjunctions) . Hew, Wow! (interjections). . . . . . . . . . . . . To Be or Not To Be (the verb to be) . . . .Riddle Bubble Tests

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A Capital Idea (using capital letters) . . . . . . Whose Is It? (possessive nouns). . . . . . . . . . The Genuine Articles (a, an, and the) . . . . . Using Contractions (contractions) . . . . . . . . Be Agreeable (subject/verb agreement) . . . . Is It a Sentence? (sentences and fragments) Be a Comma Cop! (comma placement). . . . . Sentence Enders (punctuation) . . . . . . . . . . Quotation Location (quotation marks) . . . . .

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Introductionhere is something about games and puzzles that motivates even the most reluctant learner. We see this clearly when we look at our own habits: As adults, few of us would jump at the chance to take a test on world history, literature, science, or geography. However, we rush to answer questions in these subject areas when theyre part of a trivia board game, TV quiz show, or Sunday newspaper crossword puzzle. Why? I believe its because the idea of a game or puzzle lends an exciting context to learning, and we achieve a real sense of accomplishment when we get the answers right. Children are no exception. When subject matter is part of a game or puzzle, students are more motivated to learn, to remember, and to apply the material. Thats the thinking behind Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist!

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Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Why Use Grammar Games?At Scholastic we recognize that grammar is not the easiest topic to teach. Too often, grammar seems like a collection of rules that must be memorized. Students have a hard time seeing its relevance to real life. And teachers sometimes have a difficult time changing students from the comfortablebut incorrectgrammar habits which the kids are used to using. It is our hope that Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Cant Resist! will make the teaching of grammar a little bit easier and a lot more fun. Youll find crossword puzzles, word searches, code games, partner stories, and more. These are entertaining activities that children already love to do, so consider your battle half won! Some of the special features of this book include: Grammar fast facts with every activity. These reminders review the specific grammar concept the children need for each activityright there on the reproducible. For example, when students are working with helping verbs, theyll find a list of helping verbs right there on the page. When they are working with proper nouns, theyll find a helpful reminder to always use a capital letter. That means your students will not have to look elsewhere for pertinent information. Opportunities for both independent and collaborative lear ning. Some of the activities such as crosswords and word searchesare designed for students to complete individually. Otherssuch as the partner storiesare meant to be tackled in pairs or teams.

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Special attention to typical pr oblem areas. As veteran teachers know, some grammar rules are more troublesome than others. For example, many children have a hard time forming contractions, forming the past tense of irregular verbs, and choosing the homonym that makes sense in a sentence. This book addresses these tough topics clearly and decisively.

How to Use the BookGrammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

You may use the reproducible activities in any order. Here are some suggestions for making the most of them: 1. Use each reproducible as an immediate follow-up to a grammar lesson to assess what students have learned. Because the activities include very simple instructions and grammar rule reminders, you can easily assign the activities as homework. I can assure you that your students wont mind digging into these assignments! Use the reproducibles as part of a Grammar Learning Center where the focus changes each week. For example, while you are teaching about nouns, you may want to copy all of the activities that focus on nouns and store the activities in a designated spot in the classroom. Send students to the Grammar Learning Center when they finish work early, when you are working with small groups, or any other time individual students are looking for something to do. Invite students to make colorful posters of important grammar rules and use them to decorate your Learning Center. Consider having students check their own work. (Use the answer key on page 58 to post the answers on the board.) Then work with each student to highlight and focus on any problem areas. After students have completed the puzzles for a given grammar topic, invite them to create their own puzzles for classmates to work on. Younger students will enjoy making word search puzzles and simple crosswords on graph paper. Older students may want to try crafting their own riddle bubble tests and partner stories. (In either case, take a peek at the student-made activities before students exchange them. This will help avoid frustration in the event that a student-created puzzle is incorrect or incomplete.)

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About the Puzzle Formats: A Special Note to TeachersEach of the puzzles in this book includes easy-to-follow directions. The puzzles are broken down as follows:6. 7. 4. 5.

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Word SearchesStudents hunt for their answers in a letter grid. Answers may go across, down, or on the diagonal.

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In these puzzles, the answers wrap around in the shape of a snail. The last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next.

CrosswordsThese crosswords are designed simply with elementary students in mind. All of the clues and answers relate to grammar. There are no filler words.

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Partner StoriesPairs of students work together to complete a story using specific parts of speech. When theyre done, they have a hilariously funny story to share with the class. These activities can be used over and over with new, exciting results each time.

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Crack-the-Code Cloze GamesStudents complete a short story by filling in the missing part of speech. Then they use their answers to decode a secret message!

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Riddle Bubble TestsStudents fill in the bubble next to the sentence that uses correct grammar. Then students use their lettered answers to unravel the punch line to an amusing riddle. These riddle tests are not only fun; theyre also great practice for state and national standardized tests (students get into the habit of filling in the circle next to the correct answer).

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The ver b to be is the most freq uently used verb in the Eng lish language. Eight diff erent words are par t of the verb to be.

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SKILL: Common Nouns

Noun HuntFAST FACTRead the clues to name the nouns in each list. Then find the nouns in the word search puzzle.

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A noun is a person, place, or thing. For example: sister, park, insect.

PEOPLE1. An adult who teaches in a classroom 2. Your parents (two words) 3. A person between the ages of 13 and 19 4. A person who sings 5. Your mothers sister is your ________________________ ________________________ and ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

PLACES6. A place where you buy things 7. A place where you go to learn 8. A place where you go to eat 9. The place where you live 10. A place where planes take off and land ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

THINGS11. A vehicle with two wheels 12. Something you use to carry groceries 13. A fruit thats often red and is used to make pies and juice 14. Something you use at dinner time that comes with chairs 15. Something fluffy that floats in the sky ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

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SKILL: Simple Predicate of a Sentence

Find the VerbRead each sentence and underline the verb. Then find each verb in the word search puzzle.

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B L M E P I Y B R L C X

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FAST FACTSome verbs, like runs and thinks, describe action. Other verbs, like is and was, describe a state of being.

1. The play begins at six oclock. 2. Lucas visits his grandmother at least once a week. 3. The snake caught its prey under a boulder. 4. I read an exciting novel last week. 5. Rebecca painted a picture of a beautiful sunset. 6. My cat is three years old. 7. Our school basketball team just won the state championship. 8. Megan loves pizza with pepperoni. 9. The two brothers shared a seat on the school bus. 10. We sang the national anthem at school today. 11. A rabbit made its nest in our front yard. 12. During the storm, winds blew at speeds of 50 miles per hour. 13. Jared listens to many kinds of music. 14. Anne broke her arm last winter. 15. That film has terrific special effects.

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SKILL: Helping Verbs

Verbs Help OutRead each sentence and locate the helping verb. When you are finished, find your answers in the word search puzzle.

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A D C S H D A V C L P M B

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FAST FACTHelping verbs help the main verb describe the action. There are 23 helping verbs. They are: am are be been being can could did do does had has have is may might must shall should was were will would

HELPING VERB1. Our neighbors were playing loud music last night. 2. You should say thank you to Uncle Roy for the gift. 3. I can see the park from my bedroom window. 4. My train is leaving in ten minutes. 5. I am planning to join the swim team. __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

6. I knew that you owned a dog, but I did not know that you owned a fish. __________________ 7. Yes, I do like to work with clay. 8. I have started my homework. 9. My cousins are visiting for the weekend. 10. Julia has written a poem for class. 11. I was walking to school when I saw an injured bird. 12. I might win the contest. 13. Tina had just fallen asleep when the telephone rang. __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

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SKILL: Comparing Adjectives

Good, Better, BestRead each sentence. On the line, write the positive, comparative, or superlative form of the missing adjective. Then find each of your answers in the word search puzzle.

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FAST FACTA positive adjective lets you describe one or more things: A puppy is nice; puppies are nice. A comparative adjective lets you compare two or more things: Barbara is nicer than Gerard; Gerard is nicer than all the other boys in our class. A superlative adjective lets you describe only one thing: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world; Remo is the friendliest person in school.

1. Nora was fast, but Caitlyn was ____________________.(comparative of fast )

2. Snowball is ____________________ than the other kittens(comparative of cute )

in the litter. 3. Kevin is _____________________.(positive of smart )

4. January is the _____________________ month of the year.(superlative of cold )

5. I filled the _____________________ glass I could find with water.(superlative of tall )

6. Someone must have turned up the volume, because the music suddenly got _____________________.(comparative of loud )

7. The _____________________ clouds were a sign that the storm(positive of dark)

was on its way. 8. Todays math assignment is _____________________ than(comparative of hard )

yesterdays. 9. David has an _____________________ bedtime than I do.(comparative of early)

10. Tina is my _____________________ friend.(superlative of close)

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SKILL: Personal and Possessive Pronouns

Noun SubstitutesRead each sentence and fill in each blank with a pronoun from the lists. When you are finished, find your answers in the word search puzzle.

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FAST FACTPronouns take the place of nouns Here are some: I you he she it we me they him her us them who what

Pronouns can be possessive, just like nouns: her/hers his its mine my our/ours their/theirs whose your/yours

1. _________________ am happy to meet you, I said. 2. Ryan has a doctors appointment after school, so _________________ will miss practice. 3. She baked the cake for so long, _________________ was as hard as a rock! 4. Frank and Erin said _________________ would be back in one hour. 5. I just saw a man run down the street. Did you see _______________? 6. The fourth graders invited _________________ to their holiday party, so we will invite them to _________________. 7. Mary, do _________________ walk to school or ride the bus? 8. Elizabeth hopes _________________ will get the lead in the school play. 9. Our family is very busy, but _________________ always try to eat dinner together. 10. I reminded Derek that _________________ owes me a dollar. 11. When I saw Aunt Sue get off the train, I hugged _________________ and offered to carry her bags. 12. The children were misbehaving, so Mrs. Nelson asked _________________ to quiet down. 13. I know thats _________________ lunch because it has my name on it. 14. A kitten must stay with _________________ mother for several weeks. 15. The twins invited all of _________________ friends to the birthday party.

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SKILL: Contractions

Contraction ActionRead each sentence, paying special attention to the contraction. On the line, write the word that completes each contraction. Then find each of your answers in the word search puzzle.

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A H K D A C O L G P U

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FAST FACTA contraction is formed by putting two words together and leaving out some letters. An apostrophe takes the place of the missing letters.

1. I couldnt make it to the dance recital on Wednesday. couldnt = could + _____________________ 2. Peter shouldve called if he were going to be late. shouldve = should + _____________________ 3. Im the oldest child in my family. Im = I + _____________________ 4. Maura was tired because shed been working in the garden all day. shed = she + _____________________ 5. Edward says hell be over in ten minutes. hell = he + _____________________ 6. Youre my best friend. Youre = You + _____________________ 7. Hes afraid of spiders. Hes = He + _____________________ 8. Twas the night before Christmas. Twas = _____________________ + was 9. Lets go out to dinner tonight. Lets = Let + _____________________

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SKILL: Common Abbreviations

For ShortMatch each abbreviation to the full word it stands for. Then hunt for each full word in the word search puzzle.

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W P E N N S Y L V A N I A D

E U X B G Q H C K S E C X J

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N E O M T L E A B U H I V U

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FAST FACTAn abbreviation is a shortened version of a word or phrase. Some abbreviations use periods, but others do not.

ABBREVIATION1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Dr. Mr. St. TV Jan. PA Ave. Sat. Oct. mph U.S. CA

FULL WORD_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. l. October Avenue Doctor Saturday miles per hour television California Mister Street United States Pennsylvania January

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SKILL: Singular and Plural Nouns

Single MindedLook at the plural noun underlined in each sentence, and write the singular form of the noun on the line. Then write the singular noun in the puzzle grid. The last letter of one answer will be the first letter of the next answer. Some answers will go around corners.1 2

FAST FACTSome nouns add -s to become plural. Others add -es. Other nouns change completely when they become plural, and still others do not change at all!

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1. There are nine planets in our solar system. 2. Cars and trucks lined the street. 3. I cant find my house keys anywhere! 4. Many homes have back yards. 5. There are ditches on both sides of the road. 6. Its fun to ride a bike over the hills in this neighborhood. 7. Plants have chemicals in their leaves to help them make food. 8. Graciela is just under five feet tall. 9. Our class has gone on three field trips this school year. 10. I save pennies in a jar in my bedroom. 11. Does your family eat yams at Thanksgiving? 12. Fifty men, women, and children were left homeless by the storm. 13. I have a pocket full of nickels. 14. Bright lights filled the sky.

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SKILL: Verbs/Past Tense

In the PastRewrite each sentence in the past tense. Then write each past-tense verb in the snail puzzle. The last letter of one answer will be the first letter of the next answer. Some answers will go around corners.1 2

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1. I sleep in a bed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. She turns the key. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. We decide what to eat for lunch. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. Stephan draws a picture. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. I win the spelling bee! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. Rachel nods her head in agreement. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 7. They drive to school every day. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 8. The nurse examines the patient. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 9. Everyone dances to that song. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 10. I dare you to watch the scary movie. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 11. We do the dishes. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

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SKILL: Prepositions

Pick a PrepositionRead each sentence below, and choose a preposition from the box to fill in the blank. Then write the prepositions in the snail puzzle. In the puzzle, the last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next answer. Some answers will go around corners.1 2

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1. South America is located _________________________ the Equator. 2. You cannot bake a cake _________________________ flour. 3. The sprinter ran _________________________ the finish line. 4. We played outside for a while _________________________ the cold weather. 5. I like all vegetables _________________________ for lima beans. 6. Basketball is popular _________________________ the entire United States. 7. Hannah sent a thank-you note _________________________ her grandmother. 8. Will you help me load the heavy box _________________________ the truck? 9. Anthony lives _________________________ North Birchfield Avenue. 10. The twins live _________________________ the school, so they do not ride the schoolbus.

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SKILL: Compound Words

Create-a-WordRead each clue below and figure out the compound word that is being described. Then write the compound words in the snail puzzle. The last letter of one answer will be the first letter of the next answer. Some answers go around corners.1 2

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CLUES1. A mark your foot leaves in snow or mud. 2. These fall from your eyes when you are sad. 3. At night we have moonlight; in the day we have 4. A natural disaster that makes the ground shake. 5. The skin that closes over your eye. 6. You turn this to open a door. 7. A sport played with a bat and ball. 8. All the years that a person lives. 9. The hard covering around an egg. 10. A house that warns ships of danger. 11. A piece of jewelry you wear on your ear. ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________ ________________________

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SKILL: Homonyms

Which One (Won) Is It?Read each of the sentences below, and underline the homonym that makes sense in each one. Then write the correct homonyms in the snail puzzle. The last letter of one answer will be the first letter of the next answer. Some answers will go around corners.1 Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources 2 3

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SKILL: Subject/Verb Agreement

Do They Agree?Read each of the sentences below, and underline the verb that agrees with the subject. Then write the correct verbs in the snail puzzle. The last letter of one answer will be the first letter of the next answer. Some answers will go around corners.1 2 3

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FAST FACTIf the subject of a sentence is singular, the verb must also be singular. If the subject is plural, the verb must be plural. Heres a secret, though: While a noun that ends in -s is usually plural, a verb that ends in -s is usually singular!

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SKILL: Plural Nouns

Make It Two!Write the plural of each singular noun on the line provided. Then write the plurals in the crossword puzzle grid.1 2 3 4

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ACROSS3. 5. 8. 9. one banana; many one president; many one subject; many one itch; many __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

DOWN1. 2. 4. 6. 7. one plant; many one waitress; many one foot; many one deer; many one note; many __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

11. one disk; many 14. one tomato; many 17. one television; many

10. one child; many 12. one cookie; many 13. one person; many 15. one key; many 16. one mouse; many

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SKILL: Abstract Nouns

Invisible NounsUse a noun from the box to fill in the blank in each sentence. Then write your answers in the crossword puzzle.1 4 5 6 7 2 3

FAST FACTSome nouns name ideas or feelings that you cannot see, hear, smell, or touch. Some examples are happiness, wonder, and justice. These nouns are called abstract nouns.

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ACROSS4. 6. 8. 9. Madison has ____________________ that the future will be bright. Jack has ____________________ in his

DOWN1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. Felicia was filled with ____________________ when her dog died. My parents fell in ____________________

ability to play soccer. The students had great

when they were in college. The United States government is a

____________________ for their teacher. For the sake of ____________________,

____________________ . In the spring, flowers fill the world with

Marianne gave each child the same number of cookies. 11. Carolines main ____________________ after the hurricane was the safety of her neighbors. 12. Josh treats everyone with ____________________, so he has many friends. 13. When Grandpa saw what the burglars had done to the house, he was filled with _______________ .

____________________ . It takes ____________________ to give a

speech in front of the whole class. Albert Einstein had ____________________,

but he did not do well in school. 10. The kids know that ____________________ is important. They always take turns with their toys.

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Read each sentence and fill in the blank with an action verb from the box. Write the verb in the crossword puzzle.

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DOWN1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. Samantha __________________________ her team to victory. I am pleased to ______________________ you, Jacob said. The teacher __________________________ the writing on the chalk board. Dont __________________________ the boat; it may tip over! Gregory __________________________ the dog around the block. I __________________________ the envelope as soon as I saw it. 12. Lets __________________________ a kite today. 14. In honor of your birthday, Aunt Rose __________________________ a cake. 15. My book bag weighs at least 15 pounds. It is too heavy to __________________________! 16. Lucas __________________________ his favorite tie on school picture day.

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SKILL: Personal and Possessive Pronouns

Pronoun MagicUse a pronoun from the box to fill in the blank in each sentence. You may use some pronouns more than once. Then write the pronouns in the crossword puzzle.1 4 5 7 10Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

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ACROSS2. 4. 6. Look at that flower! ___________________ is beautiful. This letter is addressed to my neighbors. It must be ___________________ . Joanna cant wait for the class trip. It will be ___________________ first visit to a museum. George helped me with the science homework. I helped ___________________ with the math problems. Will you join ___________________ for a walk? I would enjoy your company. If you dont hurry, ___________________ are going to be late for school. Can you find ___________________ way home from here? Our school has two playgrounds. Everyone works to keep ___________________ clean. Brian forgot ___________________ lunch today. Is this backpack ___________________? It has your initials on it. The Smiths took ___________________ new puppy for a walk. ___________________ jacket is this?

DOWN1. 3. 5. 8. 11. 13. 17. 18. 20. 21. Mike and Rob went to the park because ___________________ wanted to play ball. The students have recess after ___________________ eat lunch. Amanda loves space, so ___________________ wants to become an astronaut. That pen belongs to me. It is _____________ . A cat followed Bob and me home. It stayed behind ______________ the whole way! The blue car belongs to our family. The van is ___________________, too. Mrs. Miller remembers every solo ___________________ daughter sang. I was in a rush, so I asked the waiter to bring ___________________ food quickly. Many nutrients of an apple are in ___________________ peel. My mom knows me well. ___________________ can tell when Ive had a bad day. My friends and I love to ride bikes. It is ___________________ favorite activity. My brother and I hope ___________________ both make the soccer team.

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Awesome AdverbsRead each sentence and fill in the blank with an adverb from the box. Then write your answers in the crossword puzzle.1 2 3 4 5 6 8 7

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ACROSS1. 4. 6. 8. 9. Hillary ate her soup __________________________. Natasha hit the ball

DOWN1. 2. 3. 5. 7. Bryan __________________________ agreed to join the game. The crickets chirped

_________________________ and ran to first base. David brushed the canvas

________________________ outside the window. The tired children walked home from

______________________ with yellow paint. All of the students did very

school ____________________ . The cat hissed __________________________

__________________________ on the reading test. The twins couldnt believe their birthday

when the dog walked by. When I heard the announcer begin to

had ___________________ arrived. 11. I will sit here; you can sit _______________________.

name the winners, I looked up _______________________________ . 9. Tricia runs __________________________

enough to make the track and field team. 10. Kyle has _____________________________ experienced a snowfall before.

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SKILL: Proper Adjectives

Its Only ProperUse a proper adjective from the box to fill in the blank in each sentence. Then write the answers in the puzzle.1 2

FAST FACTA proper adjective is an adjective that forms from a proper noun. For example, a king from England is an English king. A proper adjective uses a capital letter.

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ACROSS1. 3. 7. 8. We took an _________________________ train across the country. Polar bears and snowshoe rabbits are both

DOWN2. 3. 4. 5. They went swimming in the __________________________ Ocean. The ________________________ flag has stars

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celebrated with parades and fireworks. Mike received many

________________________ sneakers. 10. No one lives at the __________________________ Pole all year long. 11. Japan is an ____________________________ country. 12. Sara enjoys watching __________________________ movies.

__________________________ presents from his friends. 6. 9. The _________________________ Islands are

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SKILL: Subject of Sentence

Subject SearchFAST FACTRead each sentence and underline the word that is the simple subject. Write the word in the crossword puzzle.1

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ACROSS1. 2. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. They knew that they were going to be late for the meeting. Teachers have exciting jobs. She owns several rare books. The local newspaper ran an article about helping the environment. My new shoes gave me painful blisters. The tall brown mare guarded her newborn foal. The hot sun scorched the farmers crops. 11. Mrs. Edwards store closes at 7:30 p.m. on weeknights. 12. It is almost summer time. 13. Cheese is a popular pizza topping. 14. The letter arrived in yesterdays mail.

DOWN1. 2. 3. 6. 8. 9. Travis rode the roller coaster four times. The telephone rang loudly. A single star shone in the night sky. Everyone shouted Surprise! when Nathan walked in the front door. Beautiful music played while we worked on our projects. Shelly is one of my closest friends.

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SKILL: Common Nouns

Food Fight!FAST FACTWork with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver. 1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in all the blanks before reading the story. 2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud. Common nouns are general names for people, places, and things. They do not use capital letters. For example: student, home, and apple.

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One day the students in our class were having a quiet lunch in the ____________________.common noun/place

At first everything was going smoothly. The kids were enjoying fried ___________________________,common noun/thing

baked ____________________________, and a variety of other tasty treats.common noun/thing

Trouble started when one of the students was carrying her tray to her seat. Her stomach grumbled as she gazed at the ____________________________, ____________________________, andcommon noun/thing common noun/thing common noun/person common noun/thing common noun/person

__________________________ on her tray. A _________________________ and _________________________ sitting nearby both looked hungrily at the piping hot lunch. Suddenly, the student tripped on a _________________________ on the floor, and her tray went flying. A large ________________________common noun/thing common noun/person common noun/thing

landed on a _________________________ who was walking by. You know what that means! another student shouted. Food fight! Before long, the kids lunches were sailing through the air. A burned ___________________common noun/thing

plopped down on a ___________________________. A greasy ____________________________ flew outcommon noun/person common noun/place common noun/thing

the window and headed for the _________________________. The food fight continued until a mushy _________________________ sailed right into the teacher.common noun/thing

Stop this nonsense, the teacher cried. Each one of you is behaving like a _________________________. Clean up this mess right now or I will send you to thecommon noun/person

_________________________! Needless to say, that was the end of the food fight!common noun/place

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SKILL: Proper Nouns

The Strangest Field Trip EverWork with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver. 1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in all the blanks before reading the story. 2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud.

FAST FACTProper nouns are the names of specific people, places, and things. They always begin with a capital letter. For example: George, Texas, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Last night I had a very unusual dream. In my dream, ___________________________ was theproper noun/person

principal of our school! One day, the principal announced that we were going on a field trip to ______________________. Now, I had been to ______________________ and to ______________________,proper noun/place proper noun/place proper noun/place

but never there! Believe it or not, my dream got even crazier after that. We rode a ______________________proper noun/form of transportation

all the way to our destination. Once we arrived, we met all kinds of people. I personally saw ______________________ and ______________________ and even got ______________________ to giveproper noun/person proper noun/person proper noun/person

me an autograph. I will always treasure it! On the way home, we talked the principal into stopping in ______________________ andproper noun/place

______________________. We tried to stop in ______________________, too, but we ran out of time.proper noun/place proper noun/place

Even so, it was the most awesome field trip I had ever been on. Was I ever disappointed when it was time to wake up!

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SKILL: Verbs/Present and Past Tense

Alien AdventureFAST FACTWork with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver. 1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in all the blanks before reading the story. 2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud.Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

When I saw the flashing lights, I knew right away it was averb/past tense plural noun

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I ____________________ and I ____________________. I did not know what to say, My nameverb/past tense word givers name verb/present tense verb/past tense verb/present tense verb/present tense noun/persons name

is _______________________, I began. I like to ___________________________ and __________________________. My favorite thing to do is __________________________ and hang out with my good friend, __________________________. The creatures looked at each other and __________________________. Aha, they said.verb/past tense

Earth is very different from our planet. Come, and we will show you. I hopped aboard the UFO and we took off. The creatures and I ____________________ andverb/past tense

_______________________. They also gave me a delicious ________________________ to eat.verb/past tense noun/thing verb/past tense

Finally, we arrived. I could tell we were there when the UFO _______________________. I stepped outside. I watched as alien creatures ____________________ and ____________________.verb/past tense verb/past tense noun

I was homesick already, without my family and my favorite _________________. Take me home! I told the aliens. They shrugged and put me back on the UFOby myself! Wait I cried. I dont know how to fly this thing! The doors closed, and I spied a control panel. I did not know which button to press, so I just ____________________. Amazingly, the UFO ____________________ and started its journey backverb/past tense number verb/past tense

to Earth. It took me ____________________ days, but I finally made it home.

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SKILL: Verbs/Future Tense

I See the FutureFAST FACTWork with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver. 1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in all the blanks before reading the story. 2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud. To form the future tense, verbs add the word will. For example: He will run tomorrow.

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What will life on Earth be like 100 years from now? Heres what I think: People __________________________ much less often than they do today, but theyverb/future tense

__________________________ at least ten times a day. Children __________________________ inverb/future tense verb/future tense verb/future tense

schools and they __________________________ in their neighborhoods. In the United States, most people __________________________ , but in other parts of theverb/future tense

world, people __________________________ . People everywhere __________________________ .verb/future tense verb/future tense verb/future tense verb/future tense verb/future tense verb/future tense

In the future, all cars __________________________ and bikes __________________________ . It will be so much fun! Computers _______________________ , and machines _____________________ . What will I be doing 100 years from now? Thanks to medical advances, I will still be around. I probably _______________________ , and I definitely ________________________ . But mostverb/future tense verb/future tense

of all I _______________________ ! I can hardly wait!verb/future tense

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SKILL: Adjectives

Say It With Adjectives!Work with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver. 1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in all the blanks before reading the story.Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

FAST FACTAdjectives are words that describe nouns or pronouns. For example: beautiful, sloppy, blue, broken.

2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud.

One _________________________ spring afternoon, a _________________________ studentadjective noun/first name adjective

named _________________________ was playing basketball. The student was wearing the latest fashion: _________________________ pants and a very _________________________ shirt.adjective adjective

The student threw the ball toward the basket, but it bounced into the woods. I guess Ill have to chase it. The student ran to get the basketball but it was nowhere in sight. Instead, there was a _________________________ , _________________________ bottle with aadjective adjective adjective

_________________________ lid propped beneath a tree. The student opened the bottle cautiously. Out popped a _________________________ genieadjective

wearing a strange _________________________ outfit!adjective

Finally! said the genie as he glanced at the _________________________ watch on hisadjective

wrist. Its about time someone let me out of this bottle. I only have time for one wish. So make it snappy. The student thought. What would be the best wish? To be a ___________________________adjective

superstar? To have some really ____________________________ toys? Finally, the student thoughtadjective

of the perfect wish and told the genie. Whatever, said the genie as he snapped his fingers. And just like that, the wish came true. The student became a ___________________________, ____________________________adjective noun adjective adjective

_____________________, and never forgot that _______________________ day in the forest.

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SKILL: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs (Review)

A Parts-of-Speech CircusWork with a partner on this activity. One partner will be the Clue Giver. The other partner will be the Word Giver. 1. The Clue Giver asks the Word Giver for a word to fill in each blank. Fill in all the blanks before reading the story. 2. The Clue Giver reads the story out loud.Last week, the circus came to our town. It was set up near the old ______________________. I wasnt planning to go, butcommon noun/place

FAST FACTA noun is a person, place or thing (Mr. Simpson, Ohio, banana ). A verb tells the action in the sentence (lifts, dances, sees). An adjective describes a noun (blue, nice, smart). An adverb usually describes a verb (quickly, happily, wildly).

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_______________________ and _____________________ talked me into it. They were dying to see theproper noun/person adjective proper noun/person common noun/thing adjective

_______________________ ______________________ and the __________________________ ________________________ .common noun/person

When we arrived, we were starving, so we got in line to buy some snacks. I ate the ________________________adjective adjective common noun/thing adverb

__________________________, and my friends ate thecommon noun/thing

_____________________ ________________________. Then the show began. The ringmaster _____________________ announced the first act. Then __________________ __________________ came out and started to _______________________adjective/number adverb adverb verb/present tense adjective adjective verb/present tense common noun/person verb/past tense common noun/person common noun/thing adverb common noun/person common noun/person adverb common noun/thing verb/present tense adjective any common noun plural noun verb/present tense verb/present tense

_______________________! When the act was over, everyone began to __________________________ _______________________ and ___________________________ ____________________________ . Later in the show, we saw a _______________________ _________________________ and a ________________________ ________________________ who could _______________________ and _____________________. The best part of the show was the last act, when a _____________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ on top of a ______________________! We ran into _______________________ and ______________________. They were carrying a ______________________ that they had bought as a souvenir. They said they loved the show, too!

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SKILL: Adverbs

A Pet AdventureThis adventure story is missing its adverbs! Fill in the blanks in the story with adverbs from the box below. When you are finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and get the secret message.Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

FAST FACTAdverbs can describe verbs, adjectives, or even other adverbs. They usually answer the questions how, when, or where. They often end in the letters -ly.

suddenly quickly

loudly breathlessly

high desperately

sadly hungrily

fearlessly innocently

wildly

My neighbors asked me to watch their dog, Sophie. I __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __1

needed the money, so I took the job. Sophie barked __ __ __ __ __ __ and gave me a2

big kiss. I took her by the leash and waved good-bye. Trouble began when she chewed off her leash and ran __ __ __ __ __ __ down the street. When I caught her, she was licking someones ice cream cone! Then she __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ran across the street. I followed3 5 4

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ behind her. Sophie stopped at the park. There, she __ __ __ __ __ __ __ made some new8 7 6

friends, leaped __ __ __ __ into the air to grab their Frisbee, and greeted a man who was feeding the squirrels. We were invited to a picnic and ate __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __. Then I9

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ realized it was time to go. We __ __ __ __ __ said10 11 12

good-bye, and got home minutes before Sophies owners. They saw her sitting __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ by the door and exclaimed. Sophies so good for13

you. Are you available next week?

Now use the circled letters to decode the message:__ __5 1

__ __ __ __6 7 9 12

__ __13 2

__ __ __ __ __3 8 4 4 11

__ __ __ __ __ __ __!3 4 7 1 9 12 10

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SKILL: Prepositions

Prepositions Show PositionThis story is missing its prepositions! Fill in the blanks in the story with prepositions from the box below. When you are finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and get the secret message.Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

FAST FACTPrepositions usually tell where something is, where something is going, or when something is happening.

about above

before by

except from

in inside

near on

with without

to

Last summer, I went ____ ____ Space Camp! I went for three days, ____ ____ ____ ____ a1 2 3 4

Monday to a Wednesday. On the first day, I got to try on a space suit just like the ones worn by real astronauts. It had an American flag ____ ____ the front and all kinds of special equipment built into it. It even had a device to control the temperature inside the suit. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ this equipment, astronauts could not survive ____ ____ space.5

The next day, I got to taste astronaut food. I especially liked the freeze-dried ice cream. In fact, all of the kids at Space Camp (____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ for one or two) thought the6 7

ice cream was the best. Finally, I got to go ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ a special anti-gravity chamber. It was8 10 9

invented ____ ____ scientists to give astronauts an idea of what its like to be weightless in outer space. While I was floating inside the chamber, I imagined that I was traveling far ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ the Earth. Wow!11

Before I knew it, it was time to head home. But before I left, I got to meet a real-life astronaut. She sat down ____ ____ ____ ____ all the campers and told us ____ ____ ____ ____ ____12 14 13

her job. She sat ____ ____ ____ ____ me, so I even got an autograph! Now I dont just think I want to be an astronaut. I know for sure!

Now use the numbered letters to decode the message:__ __ __ __ __3 6 11 7 12

__ __ __2 1 3

__ __ __ __10 1 5 3

__ __ __ __ __ __!9 3 6 13 4 8

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SKILL: Conjunctions

A Conjunctions FunctionThis story is missing its conjunctions! Fill in the blanks in the story with conjunctions from the box below. When you are finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and get the secret message.Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

FAST FACTConjunctions are linking words. They join words, phrases, clauses, and sentences together.

and but

or nor

yet so

if until

since because

before once

The day we moved into our new house, the weather was rainy __ __ __ cold.1 3 2

__ __ __ __ __ I could not play outside, I decided to explore the attic. It was mostly empty, __ __ __ a few dusty boxes sat in the corner, belonging to the previous owners4

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ my family had not come up here yet.5

I began to look through one of the boxes filled with papers that looked old and fragile, __ __ I was careful. I uncovered an old map and recognized our neighborhood. It showed a large X near the lake, at the end of our road. Hmmmm, I thought to myself. X marks the spot. For a chest full of gold __ __ a priceless piece of jewelry? I could hardly wait to find out!6

Luckily the next day was sunny. __ __ __ __ I finished breakfast, I set out to search7

for the spot marked on my map. __ __ __ __ __ __ I had gotten very far, I heard a8

voice say, Im Kate. You must be the new kid. I said hello. I didnt want Kate to think I was silly, __ __ __ I knew she might be a big help so I showed her my map. Soon both of us9

were having a great time. We found plenty of garbage, and may never know __ __ there is treasure by the lake, but10

I have a new pal!

Now use the circled letters to decode the message:__ __ __ __ __ __ __8 6 10 7 1 2 3

__ __ __5 6 7

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __!9 6 7 5 3 4 6 7 3

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SKILL: Interjections

Hey, Wow!FAST FACTThis letter is missing its interjections! Fill in the blanks in the story with interjections from the box below. When you are finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and get the secret message.All right Hello Thanks Wow Hey Yuck

An interjection is a word or phrase that expresses strong feelings. It is usually punctuated with an exclamation point.

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Oops

Phew

Dear Aunt Linda, __ __ __ __ __ there! I just got the train set you sent for my birthday. __ __ __ __ __ __! I really love it. It has eight cars and a long, curving track.1 2 3

__ __ __! It has to be the nicest train set Ive ever seen. It took me about three hours to put the set together (with moms help). __ __ __ __! It sure was hard work! But when I was finally finished, I was very excited. I invited my best friend, Tim, over to take a look. Tim loves trains as much as I do. When he saw it, he shouted, __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __! Tim and I played with the trains for a while. Then4 5

Tims brother, Lou, came over, and we had to put the set away. Thats because Lou tried to play with the track and almost broke it. I said, __ __ __! Please be careful with that!6

I hear my mom calling me for dinner, so I will wrap up this letter. We are having liver and lima beans. __ __ __ __! I hope you are having something tastier!7 8

I will talk to you soon! Love, Daniel

P.S.: __ __ __ __! I almost forgot to tell you that my first soccer game of the season will9

be this Saturday morning!

Now use the numbered letters to decode the message:__ __ __ __3 5 1 6

__ __9 2

__ __ __ __ __!5 4 1 7 8

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SKILL: The Verb To Be

To Be or Not to Be?This story is missing some of its verbs! Fill in the blanks in the story with verbs from the box below. All of the verbs are forms of the verb to be. When you are finished, put the numbered letters in the correct order and get the secret message.

FAST FACTThe verb to be is the most frequently used verb in the English language. Eight different words are part of the verb to be.

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is

am

are

was

were

be

being

been

Ladies and Gentlemen, It __ __ quite an honor to stand before you this evening and accept this award. I am1

thrilled to __ __ named the Inventor of the Year. Believe it or not, just a few years ago I2

__ __ __ a poor, unknown inventor with plenty of ideas but no money to make them happen. Today, I __ __ a big success, all thanks to my famous Two-In-One Dental Floss and Fishing3

Line. If it __ __ __ __ not for this amazing device, I might still be dreaming away in my4

basement workshop. As I accept my award, Id like to thank some special people in my life. They __ __ __5 6

my parents and my fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. C. A. Labrat. To all three of them, I say, Thanks for __ __ __ __ __ there for me! And to all of you in the audience, I say7

that I have never __ __ __ __ happier or more proud than I am tonight.8

Now use the numbered letters to decode the message:__ __2 6

__3

__ __ __ __ __ __!4 1 7 7 8 5

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SKILL: Capitalization

A Capital IdeaLook at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to the sentence that uses capital letters properly. When you are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. The Statue of Liberty is in new york, New York. B. The Statue of Liberty is in New York, New York. C. The statue of liberty is in new york, new york. D. the Statue of Liberty is in New York, New York.

FAST FACTCapital or upper case letters are used to begin proper nouns, to begin sentences, for the personal pronoun I, and in many abbreviations.

2.

E. George Washington was americas first president. F. George Washington was Americas first president. G. George Washington Was Americas First President. H. George washington was americas first president.

3.

I. Many creatures live in the Pacific Ocean. J. Many creatures live in the pacific ocean. K. Many creatures live in the Pacific ocean. L. Many Creatures live in the Pacific Ocean.

4.

M. My cats Name is Lady. N. My cats name is Lady. O. My Cats name is Lady. P. My cats name is lady.

5.

Q. Where are you celebrating thanksgiving this year? R. where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? S. Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? T. Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this Year?

6.

U. he and I both go to school with karen. V. He and I both go to School with Karen. W. He and I both go to school with Karen. X. He and i both go to school with Karen.

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7.

Y. Mr. bloomberg teaches fourth grade. Z. Mr. Bloomberg Teaches fourth grade. A. Mr. Bloomberg teaches fourth grade. B. MR. Bloomberg teaches Fourth Grade.

8.

C. We made a birthday cake for uncle phil. D. We made a Birthday cake for Uncle Phil. E. We made a birthday cake for Uncle Phil. F. We made a birthday Cake for Uncle Phil.

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9.

G. The Mississippi river sometimes floods. H. The Mississippi River Sometimes floods. I. The Mississippi River sometimes floods. J. the Mississippi River sometimes floods.

10.

K. Jennifer has a Girl Scout meeting after school on Monday. L. Jennifer has a girl scout meeting after school on monday. M. jennifer has a Girl Scout meeting after school on Monday. N. Jennifer has a girl Scout meeting after School on Monday.

11.

O. They are having a family reunion in March. P. They are having a Family Reunion in march. Q. they are having a family reunion in March. R. They Are having a family reunion in March.

12.

S. Playland is Rogers favorite amusement park. T. Playland is rogers favorite amusement park. U. playland is Rogers favorite amusement park. V. Playland is Rogers favorite Amusement park.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle: Where does a polar bear keep its money?__!10

__ __3 4

__7

__12

__4

__11

__6

__1

__7

__4

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SKILL: Possessive Nouns

Whose Is It?Look at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to the sentence that uses possessive nouns properly. When you are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve the riddle at the end.1. A. The catss fur was matted from the rain. B. The cats fur was matted from the rain. C. The cats fur was matted from the rain.Grammar Puzzles & Games Kids Can't Resist! Karen Kellaher, Scholastic Teaching Resources

D. The cats fur was matted from the rain. 2. E. The churchs door is made of thick wood. F. The churches door is made of thick wood. G. The churchs door is made of thick wood. H. The churchess door is made of thick wood. 3. I. Were going over to Juans house. J. Were going over to Juans house. K. Were going over to Juan house. L. Were going over to Juanss house. 4. M. The childrens toys were all over the floor. N. The childrens toys were all over the floor. O. The childrenss toys were all over the floor. P. The children toys were all over the floor. 5. Q. Our classes field trip will be next Thursday. R. Our classs field trip will be next Thursday. S. Our classs field trip will be next Thursday. T. Our class field trip will be next Thursday. 6. U. The Smithss driveway is very long. V. The Smiths driveway is very long. W. The Smithses driveway is very long. X. The Smiths driveway is very long. 7. Y. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit. Z. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit. A. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit. B. The dolls dress is as beautiful as Margarets own outfit.

FAST FACTA possessive noun shows ownership. Most singular nouns become possessive by adding -s. Most plural nouns ending in -s become possessive by adding an apostrophe after the -s.

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8.

C. Baileys phone number is easy to remember. D. Baileys phone number is easy to remember. E. Baileys phone number is easy to remember. F. Baileyss phone number is easy to remember.

9.

G. Our stores motto is, The customers needs come first. H. Our stores motto is, The customerss needs come first. I. Our stores motto is, The customers needs come first. J. Our stores motto is, The customers needs come first.

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10.

K. My brothers jacket is too big for me. L. My brother jacket is too big for me. M. My brotherss jacket is too big for me. N. My brothers jacket is too big for me.

11.

O. Id like to have a pen like Michelles. P. Id like to have a pen like Michelles. Q. Id like to have a pen like Michelles. R. Id like to have a pen like Michelless.

12.

S. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent. T. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent. U. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent. V. Johns and Erics reports were both excellent.

13.

W. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning. X. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning. Y. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning. Z. Noras goal improved her teams chances of winning.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle: Where does afternoon come before morning?__ __9 10

__7

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __1 3 8 12 3 11 10 7 5 13

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SKILL: Articles

The Genuine Articles: A, An, and TheLook at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to the sentence that uses the words a, an, and the properly. When you are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. I always carry umbrella in my backpack. B. I always carry a umbrella in my backpack. C. I always carry an umbrella in my backpack. D. I always carry an a umbrella in my backpack.

2.

E. My birthday is an last day of May. F. My birthday is a last day of May. G. My birthday is last day of May. H. My birthday is the last day of May.

FAST FACTThe words a, an, and the often come before nouns. Use the in front of a specific noun. For example: This is the bike I want. Use a and an in front of non-specific nouns. Use a in front of nouns that start with consonants and an in front of nouns that start with vowels. For example: Id rather have a bike than an automobile.

3.

I.

France is a country in Europe.

J. France is an country in Europe. K. France is country in Europe. L. France is the country in Europe. 4. M. Marcus packed sandwich and an apple for lunch. N. Marcus packed a sandwich and a apple for lunch. O. Marcus packed a sandwich and an apple for lunch. P. Marcus packed an sandwich and a apple for lunch. 5. Q. My balloon rose into an sky. R. My balloon rose into a the sky. S. My balloon rose into sky. T. My balloon rose into the sky. 6. U. Our car got the flat tire on highway. V. Our car got a flat tire on the highway. W. Our car got an flat tire on the highway. X. Our car got flat tire on a highway.

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7.

Y. Tobys coat has an hood and a zipper. Z. Tobys coat has a hood and an zipper. A. Tobys coat has a hood and a zipper. B. Tobys coat has hood and a zipper.

8.

C. I always try to sit in an front of the bus. D. I always try to sit in the front of an bus. E. I always try to sit in the front of the bus. F. I always try to sit in a front of the bus.

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9.

G. A sun is supposed to come out later. H. The sun is supposed to come out later. I. An sun is supposed to come out later. J. A the sun is supposed to come out later.

10.

K. I must read a story and study for a exam. L. I must read story and study for an exam. M. I must read a story and study for an exam. N. I must read an story and study for an exam.

11.

O. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. P. They say a apple a day keeps the doctor away. Q. They say an apple a day keeps an doctor away. R. They say a apple an day keeps the doctor away.

12.

S. The Smiths went hiking in the Rocky Mountains. T. The Smiths went hiking in a Rocky Mountains. U. A Smiths went hiking in the Rocky Mountains. V. The Smiths went hiking in an Rocky Mountains.

Now solve the riddle! Each number below stands for one of the questions. Write the letter of the correct answer above each number. You will spell out the answer to this riddle: Where does a cow go in its free time?__ __5 4

__ __ __5 2 8

__ __ __ __ __ __ __!10 4 11 6 3 8 12

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SKILL: Contractions

Using ContractionsLook at each set of sentences. Fill in the circle next to the sentence that uses contractions properly. When you are finished, use the letters of your answers to solve the riddle at the end.

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1.

A. Well see you tomorrow. B. Well see you tomorrow. C. Well see you tomorrow. D. Well see you tomorrow.

FAST FACTA contraction is formed by putting two words together and leaving out some letters. An apostrophe takes the place of the missing letters.

2.

E. Id like to see a movie this weekend. F. Iwd like to see a movie this weekend. G. Id like to see a movie this weekend. H. Id like to see a movie this weekend.

3.

I.

Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board.

J. Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board. K. Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board. L. Ling knew she needed glasses when she couldnt see the board. 4. M. Dad said hed pick me up after school. N. Dad said hed pick me up after school. O. Dad said hed pick me up after school. P. Dad said hed pick me up after school. 5. Q. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur. R. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur. S. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur. T. Joseph cant have a dog because hes allergic to fur. 6. U. Sandy is my sister, but shes also my best friend. V. Sandy is my sister, but shes also my best friend. W. Sandy is my sister, but shes also my best friend. X. Sandy is my sister, but shs also my best friend.

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7.

Y. Ill play basketball after dinner. Z. Ill play basketball after dinner. A. Ill play basketball after dinner. B. Ill play basketball after dinner.

8.

C. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge. D. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge. E. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge. F. We tried to move the boulder, but it wouldnt budge.

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9.

G. My grandparents said theyd visit, but they didnt say when. H. My grandparents said theyd visit, but they didnt say w