Learning basic grammar skills is essential for children as they develop the ability to read and write. Instead of creating worksheets or purchasing a homeschool curriculum, use these free worksheets to help your children learn important skills.
At the early primary level, pre-kindergarten through second grade, children begin to learn the basic components of grammar such as different types of nouns and simple conjunctions. By the end of second grade, children should be able to construct basic sentences that contain the following elements:
Proper nouns often confuse children. The following worksheet helps children practice identifying proper nouns by highlighting them in sentences and circling the capital letters.
Singular and Plural Nouns
Children must learn that plural nouns have different spellings than singular nouns. On the following chart, children fill in the singular and plural forms of common nouns.
Conjunctions - and, but and or
Understanding basic conjunctions helps children learn to combine ideas and sentences. Begin with the basic conjunctions on this worksheet as children determine whether the correct conjunctions are used to combine the sentences.
Articles - a, an, the
Articles help distinguish between specific and common nouns. Have children add the articles to help this short passage make sense.
If the words are mixed up, a sentence does not make any sense. Help your children put these words in order to make simple sentences.
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Children in third through fifth grade begin to write more on their own and learn to construct more complex sentences. In order to write these sentences, children must be able to distinguish between and add the following components to their writing:
Past, Present and Future Verb Tenses
At this level, children begin to learn about the three main verb tenses and distinguish between them. Use this worksheet to help children identify the verb tenses in the sentences.
A verb must agree with its subject in number. This worksheet has children identify the subject and verb, then determine whether they agree.
Adverbs improve childrens' writing by telling how, where or when. Help your children practice identifying adverbs with this worksheet and determine the role they play in the sentence.
Conjunctions - because, since, yet, until, although, while, neither, nor
At this level, children expand their use of conjunctions to use more than the basic and, but and or. This worksheet has children complete the sentences by filling in the correct conjunction.
Interjections add excitement and emotion to writing. Have your children use the interjections on this worksheet to write exciting sentences for the given scenarios.
Most of the grammar instruction at the middle school level involves reinforcing the parts of speech and basic verb tenses. Children should also learn skills to continue to write more complex sentences and learn about some of the irregularities in the English language. At the middle school level, grammar instruction should focus on the following topics:
Main and Subordinate Clauses
Use this worksheet to help your middle schooler practice recognizing main and subordinate clauses and turning subordinate clauses into complete sentences.
Indefinite pronouns can be tricky for children to understand. This worksheet has children practice using those pronouns by answering questions with indefinite pronouns.
When pronouns do not agree with their antecedents, the meaning of a sentence or paragraph can get lost. In this passage from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the pronouns have been mixed up, and your child must fix them in order to help it make sense.
Irregular Comparative Adjectives
Not all comparative adjectives end with -er or -est. Practice identifying and using irregular comparative adjectives by writing sentences with this worksheet.
Consistent Verb Tense
Children frequently mix up verb tenses or lose focus in a piece of writing. This worksheet will help remind your middle schooler about consistency in verb tenses by identifying the tense of the sentence and fixing inconsistent verbs.
Brush Up on Grammar
While many grammar worksheets have a grade-level attached to them, they may be used to help children at all levels brush up on their grammar. Reviewing basic concepts such as subject/verb agreement and the use of basic conjunctions will help improve your child's writing and ensure that she does not forget many of these crucial components of the English language.