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Grammar Instruction: the Potential of ELA Wheels / Doodle Notes

tap into the potential of ELA wheels and doodle notes when teaching grammar instruction in your classroom this year.

Grammar instruction is a crucial part of language learning. Let’s be honest, it can be a bit of a struggle for many students. Those grammar rules, different parts of speech, and sentence structures can feel overwhelming. There’s some good news though. There are some helpful tools and techniques out there that can make grammar instruction way more fun and effective. Keep reading to find out how I did just that in my classroom.

Why is Grammar Instruction So Tough?

Let’s start by acknowledging the elephant in the room – grammar can be a tough nut to crack. Here’s why:


Grammar rules can be a lot like navigating a tricky maze. Sometimes it seems like there are more exceptions than rules. Imagine you’re in this maze, and you can easily get turned around, bump into dead ends, and encounter all these twists and turns that make the journey quite challenging and occasionally frustrating.

Well structured grammar instruction including ELA wheels like this will help make grammar practice easier for your students.

But don’t worry, just like in a real maze, there are ways to make it through the grammar maze! You’ll need some helpful guides, like well-structured grammar resources, and a bit of practice.

By breaking grammar into bite-size chunks, and focusing on one thing at a time students start to grasp the individual pieces and see how they all fit together. With some patience and determination, your students will unravel the complexities of grammar and become more confident language users.


Let’s talk about engagement, or rather, the lack of it in traditional grammar lessons. Honestly, they can be a real snooze fest. Long, dreary explanations of grammar rules and endless repetitive exercises. This heavy focus on memorization can make even the most dedicated students feel like they’re trekking through a grammar desert.

The problem with these traditional lessons is that they often miss the boat on creativity and real-world connection. Grammar is portrayed as this set of strict, unyielding rules to follow. Leaving no room for personal flair and imagination. That approach can stifle curiosity, leaving students feeling disconnected and unmotivated. When you can’t see how grammar relates to your daily life, it’s hard to get excited about it.

There’s good news! I have some awesome tools that will spike engagement! These tools bring some pizzazz to grammar lessons, turning them into interactive, enjoyable experiences. With these creative resources, students can actively get involved in the learning process, making grammar less of a chore and more of a fun adventure.

Memorization Trap

The “Memorization Trap is a bit like quicksand for students. Sometimes when grammar gets tough, students end up just memorizing rules without really understanding how they work in actual sentences.

The result? Shallow, surface-level learning that only helps a little when it comes to real-world communication.

You might memorize all those fancy grammar rules temporarily, but once the test is over, poof, they vanish into thin air.

That’s because memorization without understanding is like trying to build a house without knowing how to use the tools. You’ve got the pieces, but you’re missing the know-how to put them together effectively.

But don’t worry, there are better ways to learn grammar that go beyond mere memorization.

Refresh Your Grammar Instruction with ELA Wheels and Doodle Notes

Grammar instruction doesn’t have to be dull and uninspiring. In fact, it can be quite the opposite! The key to successful grammar teaching lies in engaging students, making the material relatable, and encouraging active participation. This is where ELA wheels and doodle notes shine. These creative tools break down the complex world of grammar into manageable, bite-sized pieces, and they add a touch of fun to the learning process.

Breaking Down Grammar Concepts

One of the advantages of ELA wheels and doodle notes is their ability to break down grammar concepts into easy-to-understand definitions.

Each wheel, whether it’s about nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, or adverbs, takes a comprehensive yet digestible approach to explaining the rules and structures. Instead of overwhelming students with the entire grammar maze, these tools provide a clear path through each specific concept.

These tools transform passive learning into an active, hands-on experience. Students take charge of their learning journey, which often leads to better results.

Practice and Examples

ELA wheels and doodle notes don’t just stop at providing definitions. They also offer ample opportunities for practice and examples. As we all know, practice makes progress!

Each section encourages students to apply what they’ve learned. They can practice constructing sentences and identifying different parts of speech right there on their wheel or doodle notes.

Once they grasp grammar rules, they can use them in their writing. Students become more confident writers, whether they’re crafting essays, stories, or anything else.

Adding Color and Doodles for Memory

Now, here’s where the magic happens. Students are encouraged to add their own touch to these resources, using colors and doodles. This is where the tools become uniquely theirs. When students engage in this creative process, it’s about enhancing memory and understanding.

Colors help to highlight important points and create visual cues that students can recall later. The use of different colors can represent different parts of speech, making it easier to remember and apply them.

Doodles allow students to add their own interpretation to the grammar concepts. This personalization makes the material more relatable and memorable. When students create their unique visual representations, it creates a sense of ownership over their learning!

Incorporating ELA wheels and doodle notes into grammar instruction can truly transform the learning experience. These tools turn a potentially dry and overwhelming subject into an interactive, engaging, and enjoyable journey. By breaking down complex concepts, providing practice opportunities, and encouraging creativity, students not only learn grammar but also develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the language!

Grammar Instruction 2.0

Grammar instruction no longer needs to be a dreaded uphill battle. With the creative use of ELA wheels and doodle notes, it becomes a thrilling journey of discovery and self-expression.

These innovative tools transform grammar into an engaging and enjoyable adventure. Students can actively participate by crafting their own ELA wheels and doodle notes, visually connecting the dots between different parts of speech. This interactive approach fosters comprehension, memory retention, and a sense of ownership in the learning process.

Grammar is no longer a rigid set of rules. These tools go beyond rote memorization and help students understand and apply grammar concepts in real-life writing. By embracing the excitement of learning with ELA wheels and doodle notes, you can empower your students to master the art of grammar while nurturing their creativity and self-expression.

Grab ELA Doodle Notes and Wheels for Your Classroom

I have created a variety of language arts and grammar doodle notes and wheels that you can use to bring language arts concepts to life in your classroom. Head over to the Cognitive Cardio Math store to see them all!

And. . . in this post you can see how I use these tools to teach the difficult concepts of figurative language.

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Welcome to Cognitive Cardio Math! I’m Ellie, a wife, mom, grandma, and dog ‘mom,’ and I’ve spent just about my whole life in school! With nearly 30 years in education, I’ve taught:

  • All subject areas in 4th and 5th grades
  • Math, ELA, and science in 6th grade (middle school)

I’ve been creating resources for teachers since 2012 and have worked in the elearning industry for about five years as well!

If you’re looking for ideas and resources to help you teach math (and a little ELA), I can help you out!



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