Parts of Speech

"Running Through the Parts of Speech"

This song introduces students to the parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction and interjection. The Parts of Speech song gives examples of different types of nouns, common verbs and verb tense, and the modifying properties of adjectives. With a chorus that will get your students “running through the parts of speech,” this Parts of Speech rap is perfect for introduction or review.

It goes...
Noun, verb, adjective, adverb,
Pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection.
Uh-uh, uh-uh, pardon me,
We're… uh… running through the p-p-p-p- parts of speech.

Nouns are people, things and places,
Ideas and concepts, so face it.
Your face is a noun, your name is a noun,
I see nouns all around when I roll through the town:
Chris, sidewalk, conversation,
Kitten, popcorn, and some patience,
Unicorn, dreams, shoelace, kings,
Nouns are ideas, people, places and things

A verb expresses action, like "I see,"
Or a state of being like the verb “to be.”
So we sing, you sang, he sings songs,
We brought her, you should bring him along
Adjectives? - that's where the magic is.
They modify a noun or a pronoun, wow.
The big bad wolf had hairy paws,
Sharp little teeth and scary claws

It goes...
Noun, verb, adjective, adverb,
Pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection,
Uh-uh uh-uh, pardon me,
We're… uh… running through the p-p-p-p- parts of speech. x2

Pronouns replace nouns, a little bit,
Instead of a specific thing, you could use "it,"
Or me or mine or you or we,
Or that or this or hers or she.

Want to quickly modify a verb?
You really need an adverb, ya heard?
You can usually take an adjective and add "-ly",
So we easily won the game last night.

The prepositions in a sentence are the links,
Like on, in, at, upon and against.
Prepositions tell you where and when,
Go up by the rock to see all of your friends.

And, but, or - those are conjunctions,
They link up phrases, that's their function.
Yet they – No! Don't forget interjections, yo!
They interrupt things like Hey! Or Whoa!

It goes
Noun, verb, adjective, adverb,
Pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection,
Uh-uh uh-uh, pardon me,
We're… uh… running through the p-p-p-p- parts of speech. x4

A noun is a word that is a person, place, thing or idea.

Listen to our song all about nouns.

There are lots of nouns in your classroom.

Look around the room and name things that you see. Maybe a computer, teacher, friend or desk? Guess what? If you can see it, it's a noun. What other nouns can you see right now?

"Shoelaces" is a noun.

Each of these words is a noun. Go through the list of words, and determine whether each one is a person, place, thing or idea.

I see that "see" is a verb.

A verb is a word that expresses an action or state of being. So "see" is an action verb because you are actively looking at something. What are some other action verbs that you've already done today?

Listen to our song all about verbs.

By simply being alive, you're doing an action. You're being. A human being...

The verb "to be" is one of the most common verbs in the English language. It is also an irregular verb. But you might know it in one of its other forms: am, are, is, was, were, had been or being . It is usually followed by an adjective to tell more about how you are being. So in the sentence, "I am sad," "am" is the state of being verb and the adjective "sad" tells you how you're being. Describe how you're feeling now with the verb "to be."

Verbs are active and like to change around. They change form depending on how many people or things are doing an action, and also based on when the action happened.

Take the verb "to sing." You sing , but when your brother starts to hum a tune, he sings (with an added s). But if you were actually singing yesterday, you sang and your brother sang .

If you'd like to learn more about the difference between regular and irregular verbs, listen to our verb song.

This kitten is cute !

An adjective is a word that describes or modifies a noun or pronoun. So let's take a few of our nouns from earlier in the song: Chris, sidewalk and conversation. Now let's describe them with some adjectives. Chris is tall . The sidewalk is hot . This conversation is boring . Can you think of adjectives to describe "kitten," "popcorn" and "patience"?

Listen to our song all about adjectives.

Describe the big, bad wolf with as many adjectives as possible.

A pronoun is a word that's used in place of a noun or noun phrase. Words like, "he," "she," "it," "they," and "hers" are all pronouns. You can use pronouns to stand in for nouns so that sentences don't get repetitive.

Take this sentence: "Emma gave me Emma's keys to Emma's house so that I could walk Emma's dog." Sounds pretty repetitive. Now you can fix it with pronouns: "Emma gave me her keys to her house so that I could walk her dog." Much better. Now you practice fixing this sentence with pronouns:

Laura left Laura's mom a message saying that Laura would be a few minutes late in picking up Laura's little sister from Laura's little sister's school.

An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, as well as every other part of speech except a noun. (Modifying nouns is the adjective's job). Many adverbs end in -ly, like happily, quickly or hungrily. Imagine that this turtle is moving. Describe the way he is moving with a few adverbs.

Listen to our song all about adverbs.

It's easy to turn an adjective into an adverb: you can do it easily. If the word doesn't end in y, just add -ly. So "quiet" becomes "quietly" and "sincere" becomes "sincerely." But if an adjective ends in y, drop the y and add -ily. So "happy" becomes "happily" and "hasty" becomes "hastily."

The boy is on the roof.

Prepositions are little words that describe where, when and in which direction something is going. In the sentence, "Yanni went to the mall," "to" is the preposition. If "The boy is on the roof," "on" is the preposition.

Listen to our song all about prepositions.
On, in, at, upon and against are just a few prepositions. Other prepositions include: aboard, before, beyond, through and under .

Can you name other prepositions?
What are the prepositions in this sentence? Change the prepositions in the sentence to give it a different meaning.

A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases and clauses. The most common conjunctions are: for, and, nor, but, or, yet and so . An easy way to remember them is with the acronym FANBOYS.

Listen to our song all about conjunctions.


Interjections are interrupting words, and they are often followed by an exclamation point. So if you were walking down the street, and suddenly someone yelled, "Help!", that would be an interjection. What other interjections can you think of?
Which part of speech includes people, places, things and ideas?
Which part of speech expresses action?
Which part of speech modifies or describes nouns?
Which part of speech modifies verbs?
Which part of speech replaces nouns, and includes words like "he" and "she"?
Which part of speech describes direction?
Which part of speech connects words, phrases and clauses?
Which part of speech includes interrupting words, like "help!" and "hey!"

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