Parts of Speech Flip Book

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can learn about the parts of speech with your whole family together!

1st thru 4th grades
5th thru 8th grades
9th thru 12th grades
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Writer’s Workshop Jump Start, a fun introductory unit to get even reluctant writers started.

The Parts of Speech Flip Book Exercise is a writing lesson from Writer’s Workshop Jump Start, the introductory unit from the Layers of Learning Writer’s Workshop Curriculum. Learn more about Writer’s Workshop in the Curriculum Guide. We also invite you to explore the rest of the Layers of Learning Program. It has hands-on experiments, projects, and learning fun in every unit of this family-friendly curriculum. Learn more about Layers of Learning.

As kids begin writing, it’s important to understand the basic parts of speech. Words do jobs for us. Each part of speech does a special job in a sentence. Once we understand those jobs, we can begin to use them to write more clear, descriptive, cohesive sentences.

Step 1: Library Research

Before you begin the exercise, read a book or two about the parts of speech. Here are some suggestions, but if you can’t find these, look for books at your library about grammar and the parts of speech. The colored smilies above each book tell you what age level they’re recommended for.

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary

by Brian P. Cleary

This is just one of an entire series, each one focusing on a different part of speech.

The Dragon Grammar Book

by Diane Mae Robinson

This is a fun grammar book, and those are hard to come by,

Grammarland

by M.L. Nesbitt

This book had me chuckling as the words all become characters in a place called Grammarland.

Step 2: Parts of Speech Flip Book

For this exercise, you’ll need construction paper, a ruler, a hole punch, pencils, markers, brads, scissors, and the Parts of Speech printable to use as a reference.

Make a flip book to help you learn each of the parts of speech.

The biggest sheet is a full-size sheet of construction paper. Each page was reduced by one ruler’s width from the one underneath it. We just put our rulers down along the bottom edge, traced the edge with a pencil, and then cut along the line. We sharply creased each page so it would easily flip up along the crease mark. Then we hole punched the top and attached the whole flipbook together with brads.

On the back of each page, we used the Parts of Speech printable to help us define each part of speech. We also color-coordinated our printable with our flipbook so my visual kids could associate each color with its assigned part of speech. Then we came up with example words to create a word bank for each part of speech.


Here you can see what the flip sides of the pages look like. Notice that there are things crossed out and a couple of mistakes (quickly belongs on the adverb page rather than the adjective page). My kids came up with the ideas and wrote them in their flipbooks. Later we made a couple of corrections. We also added a lot more words as time went on and we thought of more example words to go on each page.

Of course, we’ll keep adding to these as we come across interesting words, and my kids now have their flip books on hand as they write. They have access to vivid words and remember to use lots of description and full sentences as they write.  We also use our flip books to quiz ourselves as we review parts of speech.

All in all, learning about the parts of speech has been really fun.  We took a normally dry topic and put some life into it.  It has also given me a foothold for asking my kids to improve their writing.  Now when I come across “The cat sat” in their writing, I can say, “Throw in a preposition, an adverb, and an adjective in there and you’ll have a good looking sentence.”  And by golly, they can do it.

Step 3: Show What You Know

To show what you know about parts of speech, write several sentences and label each one with the part of speech. You can even use your markers and underline each part of speech with the color that goes with the coordinating one on the printable and on the flipbook.

Mini Lessons

Mini Lessons are short lessons to go along with the Writer’s Workshop exercises we choose from the Layers of Learning Writer’s Workshop Program. We have a short Mini Lesson each day to help us learn the conventions of writing without the overwhelm of huge grammar expectations.

Mini Lesson

If you’re learning the parts of speech, you MUST watch the Schoolhouse Rock Grammar Rock Videos that go with each part of speech.  They are oldies, but goodies.  I learned parts of speech from them when I was a kid and I can still sing you every song.  Now my kids join in with me too.

Mini Lesson

Have a race! Write various words on index cards and put them in piles in the middle of the room.  Hang signs for each part of speech up on the walls around the room.  Each kid has to deliver all of their index cards to the correct part of speech and race to the finish line first..

Mini Lesson

Mad Libs make an excellent review of the parts of speech. You can even use your flip books to help with ideas as you fill in the blanks.

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25 Comments

  1. I really love these ideas and will be using them as we review this. I really like the flip book idea and also the index card race. One thing that we have done (we use the Waldorf approach, and this is part of that pedagogy) is beginning around the second grade when we first start nouns and verbs (which are introduced at that time as “naming” and “doing” words), we assign a color to each part of speech. Nouns are blue, verbs are red, etc. We use these color codes for all the elementary years when we are doing grammar. So if we are identifying parts of speech in a passage, I would have my child underline them in the appropriate colors. If we are writing something for a grammar exercise, they would write each word in the proper color. This really helps reinforce which words are which, especially as we do this consistently for several years. I’ve had my son write little “poems” by writing first a noun, then the same noun with a verb, then adding an adjective, then an adverb, etc… all in the assigned colors. He got a kick out of coming up with something silly. We have also used movement in our lessons–talking about verbs by having the child think of different verbs and act them out, really reinforcing the idea of a verb as an action word. Adverbs would be great for acting out also. Another thing we recently did was that we were studying Norse Mythology at the same time we were learning about verb tenses. In the Norse Myths, there are three characters called the Three Norns… one is in charge of everything related to the past, one handles everything related to the present, and one knows everything about the future. It was so easy to tie this into learning about past, present, and future tenses, and we explored sentences related to the myths as we were first learning about this topic. We took sentences directly out of the stories we’d read and tried re-stating them according to how each of the Norns would have said it. My son got the concept so easily this way. I highly recommend D’Aulaire’s Norse Myths anyway; they were wildly popular with my son.

    1. Any age could use this if they haven’t learned it before or for a review or reminder. But usually in 3rd grade the parts of speech would be covered for the first time. Kids who are good readers could learn it earlier. Kids who struggle to read and write could have it delayed a bit.

  2. This is terrific. Have you made them smaller and more portable for older learners? I’m looking to make flip books for teachers working with ELLs as well.

    The needs of SPED and ELL are similar even though the causes are different. Thus anything you do for one, should help the other, and the “regular” kids as well.

    1. Yes, the kids made several mistakes on their flip books. These photos were taken in process as the lesson progressed. You can see that “unusually” was scratched out to be “unusual” and we did continue to make corrections and add lots more words as well over the next lesson or two. Thanks!

  3. This is great we Waldorf homeschool and we will definitely be making this and color coordinating it. What a great idea thanks for posting. It would be good to do this for punctuation as well. Each page a different mark.

  4. I use grammar flipcharts every year in my ESL class. My only suggestion is that I have my students write them so that when they see the word adjective on the edge of the paper, all the info above it is about adjectives, not the part of speech introduced before the adjective. That way the visual association is made. For example in the photo above, a student sees the word preposition but the words are adverbs. Since the brain is always searching to make connections, it is helpful that the label and the examples are seen together. Flipbooks are great tool for grammar. Enjoy using them.

    1. That’s a great point Pamela. We frequently use ours as a self-quizzing tool. The kids read the part of speech, and then have to list off a bunch of examples before they flip it over to see if they’re right. I prefer to have them “hidden” for that reason, but otherwise I think your suggestion is terrific. Thanks!

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