New! The Infinitive Phrase
7th - 9th
What is an infinitive phrase? Read the information at the top of the page before sending your class off to complete the sentences independently. For each of 20 sentences listed, your learner must underline the infinitive phrase. The second page contains the answers.
The Myth and Reality of the Octopus
Get some eight-armed craziness going in class as your learners explore the fact and myth about octopi with non-fiction sources. Pupils are challenged to create questions from their reading using Blooms Taxonomy, identify main ideas and details, create a Venn diagram for the monster of the sea, and use technology for research. The instructor needs to provide the readings, but the source is listed in the materials sections of the plan. This could be easily modified for a research project, or used as a creative writing assignment.
Verbs: Future, Present, and Past Tense
Third graders take a look at how to use verbs in the present tense. They do this by acting out action verbs, (such as, running, jumping, etc.), writing down the verbs they acted out, using those words in written sentences, then playing a present-tense bingo game. The lesson plan is chock-full of terrific printable worksheets, useful websites, Bingo sheets, and game cards for the kids to use. It is extremely well-written, and has many educationally sound activites embedded in it.
Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases
In the third instructional activity from this unit based on the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, learners focus on using specific details from the text-to-answer questions about the habitat of bullfrogs. While reading the text, young scholars are asked to identify vivid language used by the author and explain why they think those words and phrases were chosen. As pupils encounter new and difficult vocabulary, they practice using context clues to determine their meaning. This vocabulary skill is reinforced further as they work in groups to act out the meaning of new words from the text. An excellent combination of reading, writing, and discussion, this resource is comprehensive and includes everything you need as your class continues to investigate the world of the bullfrog.
Infinitives and Infinitive Phrases
In this infinitives and infinitive phrases instructional activity, students identify the infinitive or infinitive phrases in 9 sentences and describe their functions as either noun, adjective, or adverb. Students then combine 3 pairs of sentences with infinitive phrases.
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases
As 3rd graders continue reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, they focus on the concepts of predator and prey in the fifth lesson of this unit. Scholars further develop their ability to answer questions using evidence from the text as they look at the relationship between the bullfrog and other animals in its habitat. To better understand their reading, students focus on identifying vivid language used in the book and the author's reason for choosing these unique words and phrases. Children practice using context clues to find meaning in unfamiliar vocabulary from their reading, and work in groups to act out the new words for the class. A great differentiated lesson that supports all learners as they continue to read and form understanding of this informational text.
Verb Masquerade: Verbals Don't Act Like Verbs
In this verb worksheet, students read 6 sentences, look at the underlined words in each one and decide whether each underlined word is a gerund, infinitive or participle. Students use the word jump to write a simple sentence for one of the three verbals.
Putting It All Together: Tone Analysis
Ever wonder if your ELA lessons are hitting all of Bloom's levels? Here are eight pages of close reading questions that gradually build from the lowest to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. This particular lesson focuses on a short selection of Edgar Allen Poe's infamous short story "The Tell Tale Heart," but reviewing this resource may help you in crafting close reading assignments for any text your class may be reading. Included also are two extended writing prompts and a revision workshop activity.
Making Use of Infinitives, Lesson 24
To use this presentation about infinitives in your middle school class would be a great idea! Several examples of infinitive phrases and their multiple uses will help your young grammarians learn the value of varying their sentence structure. The last 15 slides feature a practice activity.
Pupils complete template on the conjugation of any tense of verbs in Spanish, and then write teacher-dictated sentences using these verbs.
Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines
What makes a great sentence? As readers comb different texts (books, articles, the Internet), have them search for sentences that appeal to them. On the first day of the lesson, have class members post one or two of their favorites on the board. Then, start a discussion with your class; What makes these sentences work? There's an article attached that might help your class understand sentences in a new light.
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