The Parts of Speech Song (to the tune of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow")

"Oh, there are eight parts of speech,
    Eight parts of speech,
     Eight parts of speech,
        And I know them all!"
"Oh, there are interjections and adverbs,
       Conjunctions, nouns, and pronouns,
          Adjectives, verbs, and prepositions!
            Eight parts of speech in all!"

Day One:  Pre-test.  I used a review sheet available in the "Elements of
Literature" series.
          After the pre-test, the students exchanged papers and we graded
them in class. I, then, discuss why it is important to know the parts of speech
and how it fit in with our district's curriculum. To finish up the day, I
outlined what we would be covering each day during the unit.

Day Two:  Numerous Nouns
          To begin the class, we discussed the following handout. Then, the
class divided into groups to complete the group assignments.

Handout and assignment sheet

Numerous Nouns
A noun is a person, place, or thing.
Nouns may seem boring (Yawn!) and simple(My five year old cousin
    could tell you what a noun is!), but surprisingly, nouns are often
    overlooked(poor,poor nouns!).
For example:  Circle the noun(s) in the following sentence.
For nearly one hundred and fifty years, thousands of coal trains
    have passed by our town.
Note that the directions said noun(s), not the subject.
What is the difference?
A sentence may contain thousands of nouns, but it will only
    contain one subject (though it could be a compound or complex subject,
    but that is getting ahead of this lesson) which tells us who is giving
    or receiving the action. 
Why are nouns important?
Just stop and imagine the world without nouns.  For example, let's look at
    the previous sentence without nouns.
Just stop and imagine the without.
Doesn't make much, does? (Have the class correct this response.)
Perhaps the best way to understand and identify nouns is to try and live
    without them. 

Numerous Nouns Group Assignment

1. Divide into groups of 3.  You are not to speak or communicate with
anyone outside of your group (with the exception of Ms. Crowder). If you
are caught, your group will be eliminated. 

2. Once you are in your group, write a description of 5 nouns, without
using any nouns.  (Example: red, maybe wet, loud, fast, blaring, shiny,
rescuing. Answer: fire truck) You will be given ten minutes to write your
descriptions and will need to write down the answer(the noun) on your
description sheet.  This sheet will be turned in to Ms. Crowder after you
finish step 3. 

3. After ten minutes, one group member will read aloud their group's
descriptions.  The other groups are to write down what noun they believe
is being described.  After all groups have presented, your response sheets
and description sheets are to be turned in to Ms. Crowder. 

Rewards: Free homework passes for each member of the following groups-

1.  the group which has the highest number of correct responses on their
response sheet. 

2.  the presenting group which receives the fewest correct responses.