Clever Clogs

Teach the older children the grammatical concepts of mood, voice, noun, adjectival and adverbial phrases and clauses, plus simple, compound and complex sentences.

Once they are confident with these structures, give them each a sheet of paper and tell them that when you call out one of the concepts, they should construct their own example of such a sentence.

For example:

  • Active Voice: I went to the park.
  • Subjunctive Mood: I wish I were able to fly.
  • Noun Phrase: Playing sport keeps you fit.
  • Complex Sentence: I went to sleep because I was so tired.
  • Adjectival Clause: Mr. Brown, who turned one hundred yesterday, is very kind.


Comparison: Compare a Crocodile with an Alligator.

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General Knowledge Quiz #14

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia.


  1. What is the difference between stratus and cumulus clouds?
  2. What is lichen?


  1. What is a sonnet?
  2. What is an ode?
  3. What is an elegy?


  1. What is a concerto?
  2. Name the four members of the Beatles.

Finished? Click to check your answers.

  1. Stratus is a layer of cloud covering a large area, whereas cumulus is the white, “fluffy” variety.
  2. A combination of a fungus and an alga, living symbiotically (helping each other to live).
  1. A poem with fourteen regular lines.
  2. A poem dedicated to, or in praise of, a person or thing.
  3. A poem that mourns the loss death of a person.
  1. A musical composition, usually in three movements, for one or more principal solo instruments and orchestra.
  2. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey).