This school year I've really been enforcing parts of speech in my 3rd/4th grade high ability classroom. At this point in the school year students have learned all eight parts of speech, and we are now in the review mode. We review parts of speech two different ways. Every Friday I give my students a sentence quiz where they must label the part of speech under each word. On most other days, students have fun ways that they can review parts of speech during stations or as an early finishers activity. I made an Eight Parts of Speech Jar for daily review.
There are several different ways that students can do this activity.
Individually or with a partner:
Students choose a card from the jar and place it in the correct part of speech column. They must agree with each other before the card can be placed.
Students sit in a circle. One student chooses a card from the jar, reads the word, and names the part of speech. The other students agree or disagree. If the student is correct, he/she keeps the card. If he/she is incorrect, the card goes back in the jar and the jar is passed to the next student in the circle. To make this activity more challenging, I have students give proof that their answer is correct or use their word in a sentence.
This activity can be differentiated by allowing students to use an iPad to check their answers.
I knew that all of our hard work was paying off the other day when we were trying to figure out the definition of an unknown word in guided reading. One student said that the word had to be a noun because it followed a preposition and every prepositional phrase ends with a noun!
If you would like to take a closer look at my Eight Parts of Speech Jar, you can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.