Subject-verb agreement is an essential grammatical concept that every student must learn. It refers to the agreement between the subject and verb in a sentence. When the subject is singular, the verb should also be in singular form, and when the subject is plural, the verb should also be in plural form. To help your students understand this concept, here are some classroom activities you can try.
1. Mad Libs
Mad Libs is a fun activity that can help students learn subject-verb agreement. Give each student a worksheet with a paragraph that has missing words. Ask students to fill in the blanks with the correct subject and verb. As a result, they will learn how to match the subject and verb by choosing singular or plural verbs.
2. Circle the error
Give students a worksheet with sentences that have errors in subject-verb agreement. Ask them to look for the errors and circle them. Then, ask them to rewrite the sentence correctly. This activity will help them identify and correct subject-verb agreement errors.
3. Sentence Scramble
Sentence scramble is a fun game that can help students learn subject-verb agreement. Write several sentences on the board with the subject and verb scrambled. Ask students to unscramble the sentences and then match the subject and verb. The first team to finish wins the game.
4. Popcorn Reading
Popcorn reading is an engaging activity that can help students practice subject-verb agreement. Choose a book or reading material that has examples of subject-verb agreement. Ask students to read the material aloud. When they come across a sentence with an error in subject-verb agreement, they should say “popcorn” and then correct the sentence.
5. Grammar Baseball
Grammar baseball is a fun game that can help students learn subject-verb agreement. Divide the class into two teams and choose a sentence. The first team should identify the subject and verb in the sentence and then pick a singular or plural form of the verb that matches the subject. If they get it right, they score a point. If they get it wrong, the other team gets a chance to steal the point.
In conclusion, subject-verb agreement is an essential concept that students should learn. These activities can make learning this concept fun and interactive. By providing engaging activities, you can help your students understand this concept and avoid common errors.