IIIIIINNNTERJECTION! IS A WORD THAT! SHOWS EMOTION! AND STRROOOONG FEEELIIIING!
This song about interjections (words like "woah!" "yikes!" "ouch!" etc.) is just one of the many songs that we are learning to help us remember the parts of speech. (This song happens to be a class favorite, as I often stand on a chair and yell to add effect. ) Parts of speech can be tricky, as there are so many of them, and they each have different functions and irregularities. Because of this, we will be studying them all year long.
Jingles are one handy way to memorize the parts of speech. However, it is not always easy to decide what function a word is using in a particular sentence. For example, the word "fish" can be a noun or a verb, depending on the context. To make labeling parts of speech a little easier, we use a questioning method. The idea is that if you start by finding the nouns in a sentence, the other parts of speech can be found by asking certain questions in a certain order. Consider the following example:
The fidgety fish quickly replied.
Identify people, places, and things: fish = noun
What kind of fish? fidgety = adjective
Which fish? the = adjective
What did the fish do? replied = verg
How did he reply? quickly = adverb
If your child ever comes home with a grammar assignment or an upcoming grammar test to study for, please help them ask the right questions in the right order. The picture below is your guide.
Little people, big minds.