We have finished all our required grammar lessons for the year and have recently started a systematic review of each part of speech. I thought it would be a great opportunity to use Google Groups for a discussion board, and it has worked really well! I set up a post asking the students to write a complete sentence using a certain part of speech. All the students logged in and posted their responses. We did this as a whole group, however it can easily be used as a station or to do list type activity. After the students posted, we looked at everyone's sentences and discussed the elements. If they didn't quite get it right, we talked about how we could help that person make it better. Here are a few shots of one of the topics.
We have three third grade classes, so I set up a different post for each class.
I edited out the student names for privacy protection, but you would normally see the name of the person who posted in the blank space between the star and the sentence they posted.
The kids really enjoy this. They love seeing their names up on the screen and enjoy reading what their classmates posted. It gives many examples of whatever part of speech you are working on and allows students to help one another when mistakes are made. Both my partner teachers and I all thought it was a great lesson. We plan to keep using discussion groups for grammar mini lessons as we continue our review.
Another idea is to use discussion groups for spelling rules. Students can post "long a" words or "short i" words, etc. There are so many ways to use this for language study.
I hope this gave you an idea of how you could use Google Groups in your classroom. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of, or how you are already using Google Groups in your classroom. Thanks for stopping by TeachingTechNix!