Teaching Pronouns in the Classroom
By Suzie Hill, M. Ed. Pronouns are words that take the place of common and proper nouns in a sentence. No matter howsimple 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 yourstudents actively engaged. Pronouns List When introducing any of the activities, have a readily available list, similar to the one below, of pronouns for students to use as a reference. PersonalPersonal pronouns are used in place of a common or proper noun. Example: He is not staying. Example: Bob is the man who built this house.
Possessives show ownership. Example: This is hisbook.
A relative pronoun links two pronouns into one complete thought or statement.
Reflexives are used when the object of the sentence is the same as its subject. Eachpersonal pronoun has its own reflexive pronoun. Example: I did not want to hurt myself.
I me he she it him her you we they them
his hers its yours ours theirs
who whose that which whoeverwhichever whatever whom what
myself yourself himself herself ourselves themselves
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Classroom Activities Activity 1: Pronoun SubstitutionMaterials: Various objects (balls, blocks, books, games), pictures of proper nouns (famous people, places, and things), sentence strips, writing instruments (pens, pencils, markers, crayons), and chartpaper or notebook paper. 1. 2. 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 eitherdescribes 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...