Games for grammar usage cover all parts of grammar: parts of speech, the structure of words, and the structure of sentences. There are many grammar games online and in the classroom that will help sharpen the skills needed to speak and write English properly.
Ellwood Goleta.k12.ca has several good games for grammar usage. The games cover several topics: making sentences, punctuation, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, and suffixes. The games have different levels of play.
The next game, Grammar Practice Park, covers grades 3, 4, and 5. Its found at Harcourt School.com. The third grade level has practice on nouns, pronouns, sentences, and using the correct tense. Grade four covers singular and plural nouns, verbs, prepositions, and sentences. The third grade level has games on sentences, nouns, subject-verb agreement, and punctuation.
There is a fun game online called Grammar Gorillas which is located at Fun Brain.com. The beginner level of this game has nouns and verbs, and the advanced level has all the parts of speech. On the same page where the game is played is an explanation and examples of a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, interjection, preposition, conjunction and pronoun. Instead of just telling you the right answer, it explains the answer.
Grammar Blast is found at Edu Place.com. It has four levels from Grades 2 to 5. Each level has at least several units, with a review after every two units. The topics covered are sentences, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, capitalization, prepositions, pronouns, and punctuation. You are allowed a second try before they give you the right answer.
This website Teacher.Scholastic.com has five games for grammar usage. The games provide practice for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, and homophones.
The games have colorful graphics and are easy to play.
Students need a lot of practice to learn how to assemble sentences that make a complete thought. Sentences also require certain forms of words to be used, like having the subject and verb agree, and using the proper form of a word to fit its use, like objective or subjective forms. There are several really good sites online to give the students individual practice, as mentioned earlier, and following are a few games for grammar usage to play as a class.
This game is called Invisible Grammar Guy. The teacher divides the class into two groups and draws two stick men on the board with 10-16 parts. They don’t have to look exactly the same, but they need the same number of parts: head, arms, legs, eyes, mouth, hands, feet, etc. Read the word to the first student for him to say, spell, and say again. It he is right, he will erase one part of the other team’s grammar guy. If he is wrong, he erases nothing and it is the next team’s turn. The game continues until one man is invisible. This could also work for synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech, and rhyming words.
The next game is called Rhyme That Word. One student is chosen to be the poet and needs help with rhyming words. He walks around and stops behind a desk and asks the student for help rhyming a word. If the student is right, then the poet has to sit down and the student becomes the new poet. The game continues until everyone has a turn. This game could also be used for parts of speech and could be called Name that Word. Use That Word could be a version where the student has to use a word correctly in a sentence.
Word search games can help with sight words, spelling, and learning different kinds of words. There are sites online that you can visit and make this and other kinds of games for your classroom using the words of your choosing.
One website is Word Search Fun. There you can create word search games. You have to pick one of the 30 categories, which include geography, history, science, and language skills. You just pick the size of your puzzle, type in the words, and you will instantly have the puzzle. You have the option of letting the site publish your game. Before you make your own puzzle, you might want to browse the ones that were previously made by other users. There are thousands to choose from.
At Puzzle Maker you can make your own crossword or word search puzzles. There are also other types of puzzles to make, like fallen words and hidden message puzzles. Your options include the size of the puzzle and level of difficulty. There is also an automatic filter that searches for offensive words.