When it comes to writing, one of the most important things to keep in mind is subject-verb agreement. This means that the subject and verb in a sentence must agree in number. In other words, if the subject is singular, the verb must also be singular, and if the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural. One way to help students learn subject-verb agreement is through group activities. Here are some ideas:
1. Sentence Sort: Create a set of sentences that have subject-verb agreement mistakes. Cut the sentences into strips and put them in a bag. Divide the class into groups and give each group a bag of sentences. Have the groups sort the sentences into two piles: one pile for correct sentences and one pile for incorrect sentences. After all the groups have sorted their sentences, have them share some of the incorrect sentences and discuss why they are incorrect.
2. Sentence Scavenger Hunt: Hide sentences around the classroom or school (or create a digital scavenger hunt). Each sentence should have a subject-verb agreement mistake. Divide the class into groups and give each group a list of clues that lead them to the sentences. When a group finds a sentence, they must correct the mistake and write the corrected sentence on a piece of paper. The group that finds and corrects the most sentences wins.
3. Mad Libs: Create a Mad Libs-style game with sentences that have subject-verb agreement mistakes. Provide the groups with a list of subjects and verbs that they can use to fill in the blanks. After the groups have filled in the blanks, have them read their sentences out loud and discuss whether or not they have subject-verb agreement.
4. Relay Race: Divide the class into two teams. Have each team stand in a line. Give the first person in each line a sentence that has a subject-verb agreement mistake. The first person must correct the mistake and pass the sentence to the second person in their line. The second person must do the same, and so on. The first team to have all of their members correct their sentences wins.
5. Quiz Show: Create a quiz show-style game with questions about subject-verb agreement. Divide the class into two teams and have them take turns answering questions. The team that answers the most questions correctly wins.
By incorporating group activities into your lessons on subject-verb agreement, you can make learning fun and engaging for your students. These activities can help students develop a better understanding of subject-verb agreement and improve their writing skills.