ADVERBS OF FREQUENCY: A COLORING ACTIVITY

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Who says that coloring only appeals to kids? Not at all. Believe it or not, big guys in my class enjoyed doing it while trying to master their grammar lesson on adverbs of frequency. I was even surprised to see them working so peacefully that it’s as if they’ve been deprived from their art sessions years back. Anyhow, this creative task was inspired by my students who are mostly artistically-inclined. More obviously, this coloring activity was so popular to boys and girls alike whom I usually catch doodling, scribbling, sketching on their notebooks, worksheets, and worse is—vandalizing over their armchair for a reason that only their conscience knows. Howard Gardner’s claim about multiple intelligences (artistic) clearly explains this integrative method of teaching adverbs of frequency and its usage through coloring.

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ADVERBS OF FREQUENCY: A COLORING ACTIVITY

  1. 1. Color it! By Michael M. Magbanua Who says that coloring only appeals to kids? Not at all. Believe it or not, big guys in my class enjoyed doing it while trying to master their grammar lesson on adverbs of frequency. I was even surprised to see them working so peacefully that it’s as if they’ve been deprived from their art sessions years back. Anyhow, this creative taskwas inspired by my students who are mostly artistically-inclined. More obviously, this coloring activitywas so popular to boys and girls alike whom I usually catch doodling, scribbling, sketching on theirnotebooks, worksheets, and worse is—vandalizing over their armchair for a reason that only theirconscience knows. Howard Gardner’s claim about multiple intelligences (artistic) clearly explains thisintegrative method of teaching adverbs of frequency and its usage through coloring.Target Learners : Level 1Allotted time : about 15-20 minutesMaterials : coloring templates; crayons and markers; pen; verb listProcedures : 1. Have them seated on small group circles—ideally of 4-5 groups. This promotes collaborative learning among groupmates. 2. Distribute the sheets to individual student. (Find more printable coloring templates at www.coloring.ws/t_template.asp). 3. Have them color their own coloring template. Set your time. 4. Once coloring has finished, have them write 3-5 sentences about their masterpiece focusing on using frequency adverbs with action verbs. 5. One helpful option (for slower students) is to write on the board a list of probable action verb related to each template. See a sample verb list below: Doctor : help; take care; treats; give advice… Basketball : play; like; dislike; enjoy… Car : drive; go; travel; visit… Family : talk; love; like; laugh; sit… 6. Have them appreciate each other’s piece of art or correcting some mistakes in sentences. 7. Once peer-critiqued, collect the finished product. POST ACTIVITY : In class, allow a 1-minute individual talk about his/her own masterpiece. COMMENTS : While the teacher specifically aimed to focus solely to frequency adverbs, it is interesting to note that student’s weakness about demonstrative, personal pronouns, and S-V agreement usage also surfaced. Consequently, the activity turned to be an effective general grammar assessment tool as well. Colorfully done!
  2. 2. Teachingfrequency adverbs through arts

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