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Fun English Games for Kids - Free Interactive Learning Activities Online

Fun English Games for Kids - Free Interactive Learning Activities Online | Literacy- Grammar | Scoop.it
Enjoy learning English with a wide range of fun, interactive games and activities for kids.
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FunEnglishGames.com is an interesting website especially to use in teaching ESL students. Grammar is taught through more interactive and fun way featuring a range of resources such as videos, games, quizzes, printable worksheets and activities. The website also provides various teaching and learning activities and lesson plans related to grammar for teachers to use in their classrooms. 

 

FunEnglishGames.com offers many activities that require the users to do it online or offline, without having to register or to login using any accounts. This website may be used by the students outside the classroom where there is no teacher assistance, so that they have the opportunity to test their knowledge and enhance their cognitive skills in isolation. 

 

The classroom teacher may put up the activities on this website on a SMART Board while the students are sitting on the floor, facing the board. The teacher can go through the instructions of the activity or games that are going to be covered, and then put students into small groups. Each group then completes the activity and reports their experiences and the new knowledge they have gained about the content 'Grammar' back to the class. Bekiri (2003) highlights the importance of using games in grammar teaching by stating that games provide a chance to the teacher to help learners acquire new forms in an effective way, and get them to think creatively and critically. 

 

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Bekiri, R. (2003). Playing with questions: A game for young learners. The Internet TESL Journal.

 

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Grammaropolis

Grammaropolis | Literacy- Grammar | Scoop.it
Grammaropolis is where grammar lives! Our songs, books, games, and videos make the parts of speech come alive. Now with fun grammar quizzes!
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Grammaropolis is a brilliant interactive educational site designed for primary students in order to assist them in their learning of the parts of speech. The parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, pronouns etc., are all personified with various cartoon characters that have certain attitudes based on their roles in the sentence. This provides children the opportunity to envisage the roles of the parts of speech, and therefore acknowledge how an effective sentence is put together with the use of grammar. Grammaropolis also accommodates various types of resource, including animated books, videos, songs, games, quizzes, and a blog for teachers to learn more about this site from the mayor.

 

An example of how a teacher could utilize this resource in the classroom would be to select a new part of speech character each week and explore it in detail by having discussions about the way grammar is used in books and other types of writings. The teacher may then encourage students to use the part of speech character in their own creative writing time. Alternatively, each student may be allocated a group, where each group receives one character from Grammaropolis to become the ‘expert’ of that part of speech (Petty, 2009). The groups will then be split and the students will reform new groups, where there is an expert from each character in the new group.

 

If utilized effectively, Grammaropolis may assist students in using accurate grammatical features when responding to and composing texts, thus directly addressing the English syllabus (Board of Studies NSW, 2012). 

 

 

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Board of Studies NSW. (2012).  English K-10 syllabus. BOS, NSW: Sydney.

 

Petty, G. (2009). Evidence-based teaching: A practical approach (2nd ed.). Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes. 

 

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BBC - KS2 Bitesize English - Spelling & grammar

BBC - KS2 Bitesize English - Spelling & grammar | Literacy- Grammar | Scoop.it
KS2 English activities, games, tests and notes on spelling and grammar, including how to use punctuation, adjectives, adverbs and nouns
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BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource for primary school students in order to assist them in their schoolwork and quizzes. Key points of the curriculum content are addressed in each subject. BBC-KS2 Bitesize Spelling & Grammar incorporates engaging games, tests and course notes on common nouns, adjectives, paragraphs and sentences. The course notes include the essential key points for each topic. Students have the opportunity to choose the difficulty level when they access the games, which is a great way to provide greater flexibility and encourage students to identify their current knowledge and build on it. Students are also able to save their results from the tests they have undertaken, and share their results with their friends (or the teacher). Another advantage the website holds is the use of brilliant graphics and the simplicity of its interface which helps students to navigate on the website without any difficulties. 

 

A teacher can utilize this resource to provide extension activities for early finishers, where students get their individual computers and access the grammar games located in this website. This will provide the opportunity for students to further practice their knowledge on the content, and motivate other students to finish their work. According to Merrill (2002), learning is promoted when learners are required to apply and practice their new knowledge or skill on their own, and I strongly believe that this resource provides an excellent opportunity for students to create personal adaptations to the new knowledge and skill they learn from the grammar lessons. 

 

 

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Merrill, M.D. (2002). First principles of instruction. Educational Technology Research and Development, 50, pp.43-59. 

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