Big Bug Grammar Bundle

Big Bug Grammar Bundle


PDF Download - 134 page program with all 3 grammar packets

Grade Level: 3rd - 12th (older students may use independently)

This functional approach to grammar and mechanics improves student’s sentence construction and reading comprehension!

What is a functional grammar approach?

English grammar is the study of syntax, the underlying structure of our language system. To understand a structure, students have to build the structure! While students have an inherent understanding of their own verbal system, their grammar skills are challenged in reading and writing. Big Bug Grammar builds grammar concepts because it is engaging and multisensory--key factors for deep learning. Through explicit teaching and practice, students learn how to represent complex concepts in a way that’s both meaningful and “sticky.” Bugs also provide a simple, functional alternative to diagramming sentences, illustrating sentence meaning in order to learn grammar labels. When grammar becomes meaningful, understanding becomes possible and even enjoyable for all learners, particularly those who struggle.

How do I use it?

Educators engage students by adding a little creepy-crawly to your grammar studies with Big Bug Grammar 3! Multiple lessons teach students key grammar concepts for building and understanding phrases. Bugs provide an alternative to diagramming sentences, illustrating good sentence building practices. Through explicit teaching and practice, students learn how to represent complicated concepts in a way that is meaningful. Students can easily apply this knowledge base to their own writing, making it more flexible, varied, and mature. Best of all, these strategies can be used for all learning levels--from simple readers to complicated ACT practice sentences!

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Across the Big Bug Grammar Program, multiple lessons teach students the usage and application of these key grammar concepts:

  • Basic sentence mechanics

  • Subjects and verbs

  • Action verb sentence structure

  • Linking verb sentence structure

  • Helping verb sentence structure

  • Nouns, adjectives, and adverbs

  • Compound sentence parts

  • Independent Clauses

  • Dependent Clauses

  • Coordinating Conjunctions

  • Subordinating Conjunctions

  • Punctuation Mechanics

  • Locative Complements

  • Phrase Structure

  • Prepositional Phrases

  • Verbals

  • Participial Phrases

  • Infinitive Phrases

  • Gerund Phrases

  • Appositive Phrases

  • Verb Phrases

  • Noun Phrases

This program includes two different bug sizes for use with different ages and abilities.

How does it help?

Strong grammar skills are needed for all language skills, not just speaking. Grammar study improves reading comprehension, reading fluency, vocabulary building, strong writing, and independent editing skills. By focusing on the most salient features of grammar--sentence structure and meaning--students gain knowledge without becoming bogged down in meaningless terminology that changes with every sentence. Making grammar meaningful makes its usage meaningful, especially when students tackle this enormous area of study in a simplified manner. As students build bugs, they build grammar concepts, deepening their understanding! Best of all, these strategies can be applied to all learning levels--from simple readers to complicated ACT practice sentences!

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Big Bug Grammar 1: Sentence Types

Big Bug Grammar 2: Clauses

Big Bug Grammar 3: Phrases

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