You′ll find these 5–to 15–minute activity sheets ideal for a variety of purposes introducing or reviewing material...beginning or ending the class period... occupying students who finish their assignments early...helping individual students practice a particular skill...or simply providing a light moment in the classroom!
For quick access and easy use, these activities are conveniently organized into seven sections:
- Development of the English Language 42 activities highlight the development of English, including Latin and Greek influences, changes in word forms and meanings, words from Shakespeare and others, and the spread of English across the world.
- Grammar and usage 32 activities help build skills in parts of speech, sentence construction, fragments, misplaced modifiers, and more.
- Punctuation 13 activities illustrate the uses of punctuation marks and demonstrate, often humorously, how punctuation can change meaning.
- Spelling and pronunciation 36 activities help students learn spelling rules and their exceptions, and teach about synonyms, homonyms, anagrams, and more.
- Names of people, places and things 17 activities make it fun for students to investigate the origins of surnames, place names, brand names, and more.
- Language as an Art Form 22 activities teach literary techniques and devices, including figure of speech, symbolism, onomatopoeia, allusions, rhyme and rhythm, malapropisms, oxymorons, and euphemisms.
- Miscellaneous word games 41 fun activities play with double meanings, idioms, and other features of the language, or tie into holidays and special events.
The English Teacher′s Book Of Instant Word Games provides you with over 200 of the kind of fresh, success–oriented activities that make it fun to practice a variety of language arts skills!
Development of the English language.
Stages of development.
Synonyms from Anglo–Saxons and Latin.
Latin and Greek synonyms.
Words from the European Countries.
Words from the Romance Languages.
Words from Asia, the Middle East, and the Islands.
Words from Native American Languages.
Words from William Shakespeare.
Phrases from William Shakespeare.
Phrases from Miguel de Cervantes.
Proverbs from John Heywood.
Origins of words.
More word origins.
Words from brand names.
Generalizations and specialization.
A mysterious example of generalization.
Elevation and degeneration.
Back formation and folk etymology.
Obsolescent and obsolete words.
Neologisms and nonce words.
New words in politics and government.
New words in business and industry.
New terms in science and medicine.
New terms in art and music.
New terms in sports.
New terms for types of people.
New words for foods and fashion.
New names for new products.
Grammar and usage.
Parts of speech.
Types of nouns.
Types of objects.
Principal parts of verbs.
Transitive, intransitive, active, and passive verbs.
Lie and lay.
Nouns or verbs?.
Agreement of subjects and verbs.
Types of pronouns.
Adjectives or adverbs?.
Prefixes and suffixes.
Simple, compound, and complex sentences.
The importance of capital letters.
The importance of punctuation.
Types of punctuation marks.
Which punctuation mark?.
Punctuating a series.
Punctuating appositive and adjective clauses.
Apostrophes in possessive nouns.
Apostrophes in contractions.
The importance of periods and apostrophes.
Spelling and pronunciation.
Rules for spelling plurals.
I before E.
Words with repeated letters.
The "eyes" words.
The "seed" words.
Words containing E′s.
Words containing the sound of OO.
Words containing the sounds of A and AR.
Words containing the sounds of E and I.
Words containing the sound of SH.
Unusual vowel combinations.
Words with ABLE and IBLE.
Doubling letters before suffixes.
Similar words often confused.
Synonyms inside words.
Oodles of synonyms.
Same spelling but different pronunciation.
Names of people, places, and things.
Places in the US named after people.
Places in the world named after people.
Meanings of places names.
Places with colorful names.
Items named after places.
Origins of surnames.
Surnames based on occupations.
Names related to animals.
Names of writers.
Items named after people.
Words from mythology.
Origins of brand names.
Names of cars.
Names of birds.
Names of flowers.
Names of imaginary people.
Language an art form.
Techniques in prose writing.
Terms used by writers.
Figures of speech.
Similes and metaphors.
Allusion to fables, myths and literature.
Echoic words (Onomatopoeia).
Rhyme schemes and stanzas.
Concrete poems (Calligrams).
Miscellaneous word games.
Be my Valentine.
Mother′s Day and Father′s Day.
Shopping for rhymes.
Hink Pink People.
Animals in Sayings.
Terms related to animals.
More animal terms.
Sounds animals make.
Expressions using up.
Expressions involving a series.
Expression involving food.
Terms containing body parts.
Expressions involving body parts.
Baseball and football terms.
Words containing roman numerals.
The wicked witch.
Most beautiful words.