Monday, April 21, 2008

Grade Six: Schoolhouse Rock

Way back in the 1970s an American guy by the name of Tom Yohe created a series of fifty-two videos to help kids understand school stuff (including American history, money, math, science, and grammar). This awesomely out-dated group of videos is called Schoolhouse Rock. Ask your parents about them - because if they loved Saturday Morning Cartoons like I did, they'll remember watching Schoolhouse Rock on TV when they were little. Anyhow, you'll appreciate these films because they're funny, they're catchy, and they will help you remember parts of speech for the EQAO test (which, I will remind you, is 34 days away).

Watch the Schoolhouse Rock Grammar videos on Youtube:
Respond to this post with definitions of the following (don't forget to include your first name!):
  1. Adjective
  2. Adverb
  3. Conjunction
  4. Interjection
  5. Verb
  6. Noun
  7. Preposition
  8. Subject and Predicate
All of the answers are in the videos. This online assignment is due on Monday, April 28th. Yes, this is for report card marks. Questions and concerns, as always, can be directed to me in person or via email.


Guz said...

I like it. I funny and it even tell's us how to have proper grammer.

Amanda W. said...

Dear Mrs.Bromley,

After watching the Schoolhouse Rock videos, I was really impressed. I liked the music, and the characters. I must say my favourite one was the Conjuction Junction. I would like to share the information that I got from these videos: Adjectives are words that describe places, people, and things.(For example:big, small, healthy, or unhealthy) Adverbs are words that modify a verb, an adjective, or an adverb. (For example: ghostly, silently, or softly) Conjuctions hook-up words, phrases,and clauses.(Like: bread AND butter, or red OR pink?) Interjections demonstrate emotions, and excitment. They are apart from a sentence by an exclamation.(For example: YAY!, OUCH!, or even HEY!) Verbs are words that describe an action like: play, run, swim, fly, rest, or write. Nouns are any name you can think of: Mrs.Jones, Wild Water Kingdom, dog, kite, ice cream, or kingdom. I don't know what prepositions are, even after watching "Busy Prepositions" five times! And last but not least, a subject is anything like Mr.Morton, and the predicate is what that person/thing does like:jump rope. (For example:Mr.Morton grew a plant.) Mr.Morton is the subject and grew a plant is the predicate. Wow! Look at all the information I gave you about grammar! I hope you like this colomn.


Amanda W.

Janet said...

Dear Mrs Bromley,

After watching Schoolhouse Rock, I must say it was pretty interesting and funny in some parts. I think my favorite video was interjecting. Now for what I learned from the video:
Adjective are words that describes, things,places and people(for example:The ball is ROUND and and made out of RUBBER.Next are adverbs, adverbs are words that describes verbs, you also ad need to add "ly" after a word to make it an adverb . Then it's conjunction, conjunctions hook together words and sentences(for example: singing AND dancing, i would get that BUT it's boring.)After it's interjecting, interjecting are words that describes feeling words(fro example when your happy ,sad, frightened, or excited)interjecting are also seperated from the rest of the sentence with and exclamation mark or by a comma when the feeling isn't as strong.(fro example:YA!or Youpi,)Verbs are words that describes an action(fro example: jump,run,jog.)Nouns are names(for example: Janet, dog, Canada or wonderland etc.)Preposition are words that describes around and object(for example: on top, beside, under, beyond etc.)( I'm not exactly sure how to describe preposition, but I tried my best.)Finally subject is a noun that's a person, place or thing it's who or what the sentence is about. A predicate is a word that tell what the person or thing does(for example:Mr. Bromley blushed or Mrs Bromley danced.) Mrs Bromley was the subject and danced or blushed was the predicate. Now it's the end, of my paragraph about what a adjective, an adverb, conjunction, interjection, verb, noun, preposition, and subject and predicate means. WOW! What a tough job and i'm finally done so hope you like it.

Janet Gai

PS:This is a lot of work you gave us, you know, and I'm the second one to be done youpi! I wrote a lot.

David G said...

Dear Mrs Bromley,

Adjectives are words than describe nouns, like fast dog, smart kid, slow turtle, weird dad, boring videos and so on.

An adverb describes a verb slowly ate, quickly ran, greatly spoke, amazingly scored.

A conjunction is a word that connects words. Like slow but steady, good ad amazing, cookies or crackers.

Interjections are words that describe your emotions. Like hey, whohoo, yeah, oops.if is strong u and an exclamation mark, if its not you and a comma

A verb is a word that's an action . A noun can be doing an action. For example, he ate, i walked, they talk, we watched.

A noun is a place a thing or a person. like David, Italy, chair

A preposition is a word that connect two words, like in, over, around, on, beside.

The subject is a noun and the predicate is the verb for example.Mr Morton ate, David laughed, he talked.

ollivia f. said...

Dear Ms.Bromley,

School of Rock was so fun to watch. Like what an adjective, adverb, verb, noun, what conjunction, interjection, preposition, and the subject and predicate. An adjective is something that describes a person, place or thing. An adverb is something that describes a verb,conjucting is when you put and, or, or but to connect words together, interjecting is followed by an exclamation point or went its not as strong, it is followed by an comma. A verb is adding "ing" to the end of a noun. it also makes a statement. A noun is a person place or thing. A preposition is went you put a word like on or through in front of a noun, and finally, a subject and predicate is when there is a noun that is followed by a action. The video's that you showed me were so much fun and I learned so much. Who new that grammar could be fun.

julianna said...

Dear Mrs. Bromley,

After having watched the Schoolhouse rock I thought that it is very creative and helpful. The idea of using songs to try to teach is very ingenious and could probably help you with all of this grammar.This is what I learned from watching the videos:
Adjectives are words that descibe people, places and things or, in other words, they describe nouns. For Example: big, tall, small, nice, mean, scary, fun.
Adverbs are words that modify an adjective or an other adverb. When you use an adveb with a verb it explains you how you did something.
Conjunction Junctions are words that bring words and sentences together to make one sentance. For example but, and, or.
Interjections are words that show emotion. They are separated from a sentence with an exclamation mark or a comma if the emotion isn't as strong.
Verbs are words that discribe an action or the action that you are doing.
Nouns can be three types of words,a person, a place or a thing. A person is a human being. A place is somewhere you can go to. A thing is something that you can touch or hold.
Prepositions are words that connect a noun or a pro-noun to make a sentence.

Tamia said...

Hey miss. Bromley. I think those videos were seriously out-dated but they were still pretty O.K. They were very informative and they really did help me.
Especially the first video, unpack your adjectives, I think it was. But I loved the way that they described everything in that video.
Then the second one with the lolly adverbs shop. I have to admit the repetitiveness in the song was soooo annoying. For me after
watching the two first ones I was pretty clear on the differences between adjectives and adverbs. Adjectives basically describe nouns and adverbs describe verbs.
Also the one on conjunctions was also to-the-point. I learned that conjunctions are words like: and,or,etc.
The video on interjections was a little funny. I learned that interjections are exclamations. In the video the little kid got a needle and he yelled OUCH! That is and example of an interjection.

The video about verbs was pretty obvious I already know what verbs are. They are action words. For example: running, swimming, eating,etc.
Just the look of title of the video on nouns clarified the whole meaning of nouns to me. A noun is a person, place, or thing.
Sorry miss. Bromley but I really don't understand what a preposition is. I'll have to watch the video a few more times to understand it more thoroughly. Same with the last video. I guess we'll have to discuss the comments in class.


D. said...

Adjectives: An adjective describes a person, place, or thing.
(If you add ic, ish, or ary to a word it becomes an adjective.)

Adverbs: An adverb is a word that modifies a verb and sometimes it modifies an adjective. You can also intensify an adverb by using another adverb.

Conjunctions: Conjunctions makes a sentence more complicated by attaching words, phrases, and clauses.
Example: The boy liked pizza “and” hotdogs.

Interjections: Interjections are words that are said by a person that is usually separated from a sentence by an exclamation mark or by a comma if the feeling is not as strong.

Verbs: A verb is an action if you’re doing something like for example I’m running, dancing, singing, playing, and swimming. Those are all verbs.

Nouns: A noun is every person or place you know, and every thing you can touch, taste, see, hear, smell, and feel.

Prepositions: Prepositions are little words that give detail to what’s happening. Prepositions are in between a pronoun and a noun. After a preposition 3 or 4 words follow it.

Subject & Predicate: A person, place, or thing can be a predicate of a sentence. A predicate is the main idea of a sentence.
For example: The cow stampeded over the farmer.
(The cow was the main idea of the sentence.)

Simon said...

bytxmAdjectives are words that nouns. Adverbs are words that describes a verb, Most adverbs end with "ly". Conjuctions are the words that connects words (such as "and" and "or"), Interjections shows emotions, and excitment. Those words end with a !. Verbs are words that mean what you are doing. Nouns are any Thing, or name of something... Prepositions, words that connects two words, (in). Subjects is a noun and the proclamation is the verb.

PS. Is Proclamation a word........... and you know what I mean by that right?

Isabelle said...

An adjective is a word that describes a noun( golden words). An adverb is a word that describes a verb(more golden words). A conjuntion is a word that joins two ideas togetter(and, but, or and nor). An interjection is a word that expresses feeling and usually uses an exclmation mark. A verb is a action word. A noun is a person, place or thing. A preposition is a word that links two nouns or pronouns. A subject is the main idea of the sentence. A predicate is about the subject.

Roxy Bromley said...


Definitions of the word, "proclamation". You could have googled this yourself.

I'm really impressed with the quality of the responses that you're sending me. It's obvious that you're starting to write more like grade seven students.

Remember to EDIT your work. There is absolutely no excuse, darling animals, for spelling mistakes...especially when you're spelling common words and proper nouns (like names).

Well done, everyone!