Tips for Teaching Pronouns

Pronouns are simple. They are the words that are used in place of proper nouns. For some reason though students have a hard time grasping the concept of pronouns; there are several different ways to teach pronouns where students can understand them and enjoy learning about them. It is important to have a list of pronouns place somewhere in the classroom where the students can see them until they know them by heart. There is nothing wrong with providing visual aids until a skill is learned.

Pronoun Warm-up

One way to teach pronouns is to place different objects and pictures around the room.  Each morning have the students take a blank writing strip from the desk. The teacher will have a sentence written on the board about one of the objects or pictures in the room. The sentence might be “Bobby likes to play the flute.” The students will then re-write the sentence using pronouns. Once they have all written their sentences they will be asked to read them to the class. Examples of sentences are “He likes to play the flute.” Another option is to write, “Bobby likes to play his flute.” When the students read their sentence, they also tell the class what type of pronoun they used. This daily warm up will meet the needs of the visual and auditory learning styles.  The repetition of writing the sentence daily will help the children learn all about pronouns.

Pronoun Circle

There are ways to meet the needs of the kinesthetic learner when teaching pronouns. Each student will bring an object from home that belongs to him or her. The desks will be placed in a circle or the students can sit on the floor in a circle. The teacher will point to one student and say, “Jimmy is holding a ball.” Then she will point to the student next to him and have that student use a possessive pronoun in that sentence. The student can say, “Jimmy is holding his ball.” The student will identify the pronoun and what type he or she used.  The teacher will go around the table to each student having him or her create a sentence about an object using a pronoun. The students can pass their objects off to each other so the sentence would state “Jimmy is holding my ball.” This activity will be fun for kids. Children learn best if they are doing something fun.  This can also be made into a game by having the student who begins the game point to someone else and they have to come up with a sentence using a pronoun within a few seconds or they lose a point.

Making learning about pronouns fun along with providing activities that are a part of the daily routine and fun will help children learn about pronouns and retain what they learn.  Pronouns are simple so the simpler that the teacher keeps the lessons the better the students will learn.