The Pronoun Parade Fun Deck is a fun, easy way for students to learn the correct use of the pronouns he, she, and they. The deck has character cards with a “who” question at the bottom and their matching pronoun cards. Kids will have such fun matching these playful pictures. Best of all, they will become experts at pronoun use! You get 54 playing cards, two content cards, and four game idea cards.
Cards are stored in a sturdy storage tin.
What is a Pronoun?
In grammar, a pronoun is defined as a word or phrase that may be substituted for a noun or noun phrase, which once replaced, is known as the pronoun’s antecedent. How is this possible? In a nutshell, it’s because pronouns can do everything that nouns can do. A pronoun can act as a subject, direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition, and more.
Pronouns are words that take the place of common and proper nouns in a sentence. No matter how simple this seems, getting students to understand and be able to apply this knowledge is not always so easy.
Here are a few fun ideas for teaching pronouns in the classroom that are sure to keep your students actively engaged.
Activity 1: Pronoun Substitution
Materials: Various objects (balls, blocks, books, games), pictures of proper nouns (famous people, places, and things), sentence strips, writing instruments (pens, pencils, markers, crayons), and chart paper or notebook paper.
- Place objects and pictures around the room where students can easily see them.
- Number each object/picture and have a sentence strip for each object/picture that either describes or begins a story about the object/picture. For example, with a soccer ball you might write on the sentence strip, “Michael likes to kick the soccer ball.”
- Have students rewrite the sentence using the appropriate pronouns. For example, “He likes to kick it.”
- After all students have a chance to write several sentences/paragraphs using appropriate pronouns, allow some time for them to share and identify aloud the pronouns they have on their papers.
- For older students, or after students are beginning to master pronouns, have students use the sentences as a writing prompt and continue writing a paragraph or essay using appropriate nouns and pronouns.
- Put items in bins around the room and set up “stations” so that students are able to move around the room and write.
- If you have access to a SMART® Board or Promethean® Board, simply display the objects/pictures and sentences on the board.
Activity 2: Pronoun Find
Materials: Photographs and/or pictures cut out from magazines, writing paper, and pencils, pens, or markers.
- Allow students to choose several pictures and/or photographs. Have them write one sentence describing the photograph/picture using nouns and one picture describing the same photograph/picture using pronouns.
- Have students pair up and read their sentences aloud to each other. Have them tell each other the pronouns that can replace the nouns.
- For older or more advanced students, have them write paragraphs or essays using the same format as the sentences.
- Have students discuss when it is appropriate to use pronouns. For example, you would not use a pronoun to begin a story or paragraph because the reader would not know to whom the writer is referring.
Activity 3: Pronoun Identification
Materials: A piece of writing to read aloud that uses many pronouns.
- For a fun way to review pronouns, read aloud to the whole class from a book or magazine.
- Instruct students to clap their hands every time they hear you say a pronoun.
- For older or more advanced students, choose a different action for each type of pronoun. For example, clap for personal pronouns, snap for possessive pronouns, stomp for relative pronouns, and wave for reflexive pronouns.