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Ready-to-Use Games & Activities That Make Language Skills Fun to Learn JACK UMSTATTER ENGLISH BRAINSTORMERS! Ready-to-Use Games and. English Brainstormers! has 3 ratings and 0 reviews. For English and language arts teachers in grades , here’s a unique collection of over. For English and language arts teachers in grades , here’s a unique collection of over fun-filled, ready-to-use activities that help build the skills your.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Permission is given for individual classroom teachers to reproduce the pages and illustrations for classroom use. Reproduction of these materials for an entire school system is strictly forbidden. Jossey-Bass books and products are available through most bookstores.

Jossey-Bass also publishes its books in a variety of electronic formats. Some btainstormers that appears in print may not be available in electronic books. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data has been applied for. Again, I appreciate the many hours of help extended by my wife, Chris, throughout this writing. Thanks to my daughter Kate for her continued inspiration. My sincere thanks to my brainsstormers, Bernice Braistormers, for her knowledge and guidance during this writing process.

For my good friend Tom Hall, I thank you for your expertise and efforts in forming the critical-thinking activities.

My appreciation bfainstormers extends to emglish students, Kira Licata and Nora McGeough, for their writings found in activities and Umstatter graduated from Manhattan College with a B. Selected Teacher of the Year several times, Mr. Most recently, he has appeared in Contemporary Authors. Umstatter has taught all levels of secondary English classes including the Honors and Advanced Placement classes. Umstatter’s other publications include Hooked on Literature!

Yes, students who are not performing up to a specific standard should be given remediation. Few would argue against either.

Yet, through all of these assessments and evaluations, many teachers confess that the joy of teaching, the “fun in the classroom,” has been slowly disappearing. Instead, pressure and stress for both you and your students have appeared.

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How often have you heard, or even said it yourself, “There is little time for anything other than preparing my students ehglish all these assessments! In a nutshell, we need to make learning fun again — both for ourselves as teachers and, more importantly, for our kids as learners. Students love fun activities. Because of the many and varied skills that we are asked to teach our students each day, the classroom is an ideal place to incorporate fun activities to introduce and review the various language arts skills including grammar, mechanics, word development, vocabulary, research, critical thinking, and creative writing, to name just a few.

Fun involvement — what a wonderful way to achieve classroom goals and improve language arts skills at the same time! Will our students’ test scores suffer because we include some games and other enjoyable and worthwhile activities in our curriculum? Studies support the fact that students retain more when they are actively involved or have “hands on” in the learning process.


Through such activities, students will certainly absorb more information as they learn, review, and retain concepts in your classroom.

Plus, they will be enjoying themselves at the same time! What a great combination! The entertaining activities in English Brainstormers! Students will look forward to these braiinstormers, ready-to-use, classroom-tested activities. These learning activities can function as introductions, reinforcements, or homework assignments.

They can be used as individual, group, or whole-class activities. Many of these activities will serve as time-fillers or extra- credit assignments. Formatted as crosswords, word finds, riddles, magic squares, word generators, brainstormes, and more, these learning activities will motivate your students to think more hrainstormers and want to do their best in the process.

The resource is divided into seven sections, as follows: These activities include work with synonyms, quotes, topic sentences, essays, word expressions, spelling, vocabulary, the cloze method of reading, and mechanics.

Students will brainatormers perform tasks similar to those found on typical standardized tests. Englosh they will compare their views on many interesting topics and issues. An examination of the techniques and styles of various writers is also found in this section. Exercises involving word origins, word play, spoonerisms, imagination, logic application, character analysis, examining evidence, associative thinking, creative thinking, and other interesting real-world applications are found within this section.

Grouping pieces of biographical, literary, historical, or geographical information, researching elements of the English language, comparing and contrasting different literary genres, working with quotations, finding information about famous people, and assessing a literary situation are just some of the 23 games and activities that your students will enjoy here. Many of these 25 activities focus on the students and the world around them. Whether it is a personal inventory exercise, a descriptive personal writing, an autobiographical sketch, a “most important moments” list, an evaluation of various literary characters, a personal decision- making activity, or a look at what the students think about themselves and others, these activities are designed to make your students think more maturely and insightfully as they assess the world around them.

It was William Butler Yeats who said, “Education is not brainstoemers a pail, but lighting a fire. Brwinstormers, sort, and earn are three such words. The letters of each word must be neglish a box either adjacent to or diagonal to each brainstormere. Though the same letter can be used twice in a engilsh, no letter can be used consecutively. You must move from one letter to another. Write your words on another sheet of paper.

Each word is worth 1 point. So scan the puzzle, sort the letters, and earn your points! Some phrases contain a single word, while others contain two or even three words. Find the verbs and phrases in the puzzle and circle them. Then, on another sheet of paper, use any 15 brqinstormers your circled answers in 15 sentences you compose.

You are asked to name nouns, verbs present tense onlyand adjectives. Sounds easy so far, doesn’t it? The key here is that you must name them dnglish to the number of syllables in the word. Thus, if you are asked for a one-syllable noun, cat is fine. A three- syllable verb? Use your dictionary or thesaurus if necessary So listen to brainstorers, and have a good time! Score 4 points for each correct answer.


Who will score the highest? The object of the game is simple: In the appropriate column, write words that fit the description; however, you must start the next word in the column with the last letter of the previous word.

For example, for “4-letter verbs,” an appropriate sequence of words would be grow, want, take, etch, haul, lend, drip, prod, deal, loan, and so forth. No word can be repeated in any column. Your teacher will decide whether “Move It On! Either way, have fun! Draw a circle around 10 verbs and a box around 10 pronouns in the list below.

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Each correct answer is worth 5 points. Write your score in the space below. The word down can be used as five different parts of speech, which might be the record! Here is your chance to show what other words might or might not give down some competition. At least one part of speech is given for each word below. Your job is to give the word’s other parts of speech.

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Write your answers after the word. Although three lines are provided for each word, you might not have to use all of them. For one of these words, you will have to use an additional line because it, like down, can be used as five parts of speech. For example, the answer to 2 Across, gone, contains the pronoun one. Write the answers to these clues and circle the pronoun brainstormefs each answer. The first letter of each answer has been filled in for you. Enjoy probing for these other 23 pronouns.

Several letters have been filled in. You are to fill in the other letters for each preposition. Brainstofmers the Letter Substitution Code below. They are all prepositions! These 30 words can be found backward, forward, diagonally, and vertically Circle the 30 prepositions. The rules are simple. Next to each letter, write a two-word phrase that has both words starting with that letter and each word having at least 5 letters.

You must be able to “see” what the phrase describes. For example, you could write agile antelope for the letter A. Be sure to use an adjective followed by a noun.

Each of the ten words below can function as at least one part of speech. How many can function as two, three, or more? Circle the two-letter combination next to each part of speech that the word can be. Then write the two-letter combinations in order on the line at the bottom of the page.