English

In third grade we will learn all eight parts of speech. Each part of speech is color coded and these colors are used when we classify sentences. Below are some helpful hints for spotting parts of speech.


Nouns - these are always yellow. Nouns name a person, place, or thing.

Adjectives - these are blue. Adjectives tell us about nouns. They ask the questions: what kind? which one? and how many?

We also have Article Adjectives (noun markers) and these are red. Look for a, an, the. Article Adjectives tell us that a noun is coming up - look for a yellow word to follow!

There are part of speech patterns when we write sentences.  These KU colors (red- article adjectivesblue- adjectivesyellow-nouns)like to stick together.  Look for these color patterns in sentences.




Verbs - are orange.  A verb shows action - it tells what the subject does.  There are also helping verbs and linking verbs.  

Adverbs - are purple. Adverbs modify a verb, adjective, or another adverb. They ask the questions: how? when? and where?

Pronouns - these are also always yellow. Pronouns take the place of nouns.
                                    Subject Pronouns: I, we, he, she, it, they, you
                                    Possessive Pronouns: my, our, his, her, its, their, your
                                    Object Pronouns: me, us, him, her, it, them, you

Prepositions - these are always in green and the object of the preposition always follows (which are alwaysyellow!) Look for the pattern - where there is a green there has to be a yellow - where there is a preposition there has to be an object of the preposition.

Conjunctions - these are always brown. Conjunctions join in sentences words, phrases, or clauses.  The three conjuctions we will work with this year are: and, but, or