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Name of Activity:

Grammar Quest

Academic content:

Language Arts

Purpose of Activity:

To develop an understanding of the parts of speech and be able to distinguish between them. To use different locomotor skills in a variety of ways.


Review the parts of speech and how to identify them. Review the correct cues needed in the skill of hopping, jumping, skipping, leaping, galloping, etc.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Posters designating the different parts of speech, a large area to move in and through.

Physical activity:

Locomotor Skills

Description of Idea

Have several sets of posters designating the different parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) scattered on the floor throughout a large space.

The teacher will say words such as "red, wagon, run, quickly," each time giving children time to identify the type of speech and move to the correct poster. Have students develop a movement (a locomotor skill) for each action word in the sentence. They use the movement to travel to the corresponding poster. Next, the teacher will slowly read simple sentences like "Bob quickly ran to the red wagon," and the children will move to the corresponding posters in the correct order. As a culminating activity, they can connect the movements to make a sentence.

The children should vary the locomotor skills by using the right and left foot, different levels, directions and pathways. Equipment can also be added for the children to move over, around, onto and off of, or moving while jumping rope, dribbling a ball, etc...

At the conclusion, have ten different sentences clearly posted on a handout and have children go through them individually. Have students start with different sentences to avoid traffic jams and encourage individual problem solving.


For younger kids, just use "subject" and "object" posters.

Add additional parts of grammar such as "prepositions".

Assessment Ideas:

Check the students understanding with a grammar worksheet.

Discuss the fundamentals of each locomotor skill.

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Submitted by Patty Webb in Greenville, SC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 1/18/2004.

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