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This poster was created by a UNE teacher education candidate for use in a mini-lesson on the words Then and Than, which students often confuse. During the lesson, students learned the rule for when to use each word correctly and this trick to help: use THEN when referring to time (both “then” and “time” contain the letter e) and THAN when comparing things (both “than” and “compare” contain the letter a). Once students learned the rule they were each given the words then and than and a sentence was presented. Students were asked to come up and Velcro the correct word into the sentence.

This poster was created for the UNE course, EDU 382/582 Reading, Writing, Children’s Literature: Grades 4-8, where teacher education candidates learn how to create interactive mini-lessons and present these to fourth and fifth graders as part of a school Grammar Fair. One goal of the project is to make Grammar—typically not the most exciting topic—come alive in an interactive manner. Another goal is to teach future teachers how to create meaningful mini-lessons that engage learners. To complete their Grammar Fair projects, teacher education candidates choose from a list of age appropriate grammar topics and present their topic to fourth and fifth graders, who spend 8-10 minutes at each grammar station learning about the grammar rule.

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grammar, then and than, education


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Methods | Elementary Education and Teaching | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Faculty associated with this work:

Lane Clarke

Then Or Than?
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