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Hunt the main verb:
 
 Think of a sentence of about 9 words.
 
write a number for every  word
 
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9
 
Tell the students their task is to find the main verb. They are only allowed four guesses. Say your sentence is ' The man with the white hat disappeared last week.' Say a student chooses '3', rub out 3 and write 'with'. another student chooses 8, so write 'last'. The third chooses 7 you write 'disappeared'. The class have won! If they don't find it, the teacher has won. The revealed words are clues to the location of the main verb.

word swap
 
Write a sentence of ten or so words, eg 
 
'Why are you standing in the rain without a coat.'
 
 Now mix the words up and write them on the board. so...
 
'Why coat standing rain in the a are without you  .'
 
Now challenge the students to reorder the sentence by swapping two words each move. eg  'are' and 'coat'  so..
 
Why are coat standing rain in the a coat without you'
 
challenge the students to reorder the sentence in a limited number of moves- say 7.
 
 
 

 Either ...or

 

Write a sentence such as

 

'It was very cold and wet, so I didnt want to go out.'

 

Now, think of an alternative word for each word in the original sentence. These can be words that would fit in the sentence or completely inappropriate. Write them above or below the original as follows:

 

 

afternoon

 

 

hot

 

 

couldn't

 

 

fall

 

It

was

cold

and

wet

so

I

didn't

want

to

go

out

 

 

fat

up

 

without

teeth

 

stand

on

 

into

 

Tell the students you are going to dictate a sentence, but for each word after the first word you are going to give a choice of two words and they have to choose one of them. The point of writing above or below the original is so that you dont read out the right (or wrong) word first each time. So the dictation is 'I...  afternoon or was... cold or fat... and or up...'etc. If they choose the right word each time, they should finish with a logical sentence.