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How to Use Fun Activities to Help Kids Learn Participles

author image Carolyn Williams
Carolyn Williams began writing and editing professionally over 20 years ago. Her work appears on various websites. An avid traveler, swimmer and golf enthusiast, Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California.
How to Use Fun Activities to Help Kids Learn Participles
Playing games can help your child understand participles. Photo Credit: Robert Daly/OJO Images/Getty Images

Teaching grammar can be challenging, especially if the grammar lesson is on an advanced concept such as participles. However, using fun tools in your everyday life can engage your children, ensuring that they get at least part of the lesson. If you repeat the game, you may find that your child becomes even more adept than you at identifying participles. Link the points awarded in each game to specific rewards, such as 10 points meaning your children can get out of a chore, 25 points equals a trip to the frozen yogurt shop, for example.

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Step 1

Explain what a participle so that your child can identify them when playing the games. A participle is a verb disguised as an adverb or adjective. It frequently ends in "ed" or "ing." Younger children, sixth grade and below, can stop with this lesson. Older children, seventh grade and up, can understand that past participles end in "ed" while present participles end in "ing."

Step 2

Have your child choose a favorite song. Print out the lyrics. Listen to the song without the lyrics and award one point for each participle he correctly identifies. Have him check his guesses against the lyric sheet.

Step 3

Give your child colored highlighters and have her highlight present participles in one color and past participles in another in an old children's book or magazine. Younger children can simply identify participles without differentiating between past and present. Award one point for each correct identification.

Step 4

Give your child a sticker sheet of colored dots and throughout her day have her affix a sticker to a piece of paper in her binder and write the participle on the sticker. Award her one point for each sticker she correctly identifies and tracks.

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