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A No Prep First Week Back Activity: Grammatical Name Art

A NO PREP art/language activity teachers can use any time during the year. All you need is paper! Use this project to transition back after winter or spring break. This activity can also work as a back to school "get to know you" project or a fun way to review parts of speech. Use this fun kid friendly project in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th grade! #education #grammar #projectsforkids #elementaryeducation #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #teach #teachers

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Grammatical name art is fun, easy, and requires almost ZERO PREP. Just get one large piece of white art paper for every student and you're ready to go!

A NO PREP art/language activity teachers can use any time during the year. All you need is paper! Use this project to transition back after winter or spring break. This activity can also work as a back to school "get to know you" project or a fun way to review parts of speech. Use this fun kid friendly project in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th grade! #education #grammar #projectsforkids #elementaryeducation #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #teach #teachers

Grammatical Name Art Instructions 
You'll want to guide students through each step and then give 3-4 minutes per letter for students to brainstorm words

Step 1: Write your name in bubble letters - in pencil of course!
For students having stress about bubble letters, just have them lightly write their name in large letters and then trace an inch around the entire letter they just wrote. There are many more important things in life to stress about than bubble letters.

Step 2: Fill the first letter with nouns that relate to you. These can be common or proper nouns. Just make sure you capitalize the proper nouns!

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 3: Fill the second letter with verbs that relate to you. Action or linking verbs both work.  If you are writing a phrase like "make cookies" make sure you underline the verb.

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 4: Fill the third letter with adjectives that describe you. (Blue and red don't really describe a person, but they could be colors they like.)

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 5: Fill in the remaining letters with more words! Students can choose to write more nouns, verbs, or adjectives, or be creative. You decide. They can even create drawings of the words they used in the other letters. The example below shows a letter with favorites and another with additional nouns (mainly restaurants). You can also have students use numbers that relate to them (8 years old, 4 people in my family, etc.)

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 6: When students are done with the words inside their letters they can add color and share their work with friends or a partner. This step is especially important if you're using this activity after a break when students are dying to share what they did/where they went/a gift they received. You can have students put their grammatical name art around the room and have other students peruse these "gallery walk" style or do an inside/outside circle where students share words from their art until it's time to rotate. As long as the kids feel like they got a chance to talk about whatever is exciting to them then you're good to go.

The gallery walk option is a good one as far as managing the classroom, since not all students have to be done at the same time to get this started. Once students finish, they bring you their art piece, you give them a piece of tape, they put their name art around the room and start gallery walking! This might also motivate some of your "struggle to finish in a timely way" kiddos who might be motivated to finish their name art and start a gallery walk. 


Do you have any other ideas for low (or NO) prep activities you like to use throughout the year? Tell me about them in the comments!



16 comments

  1. This is a great idea! I love how it can be easily done with all levels of students. Thanks for sharing :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  2. Great idea! I'm sticking this one in my grammar file. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  3. What a great idea! I know they will love making these, and probably not even realize they are reviewing at the same time! =)
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  5. That is a really fun idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. What a fun idea; not only a good way to reinforce parts of speech but also a great "get to know you activity."

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  10. I love this idea! It also seems like it would make a great get-acquainted activity for the beginning of the school year. The final products would make an attractive and engaging hall display. Hope you don't mind that I pinned it to my main Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/1grateful1/teaching-having-fun-w-kids/)? I also try to share the best pins on my Facebook page and blog. Thanks for sharing this fun, easy, and versatile idea!

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