My students prefer building sentences using activities that are hands-on and interactive, however, we are expected to use activities that are rigorous and cover many differentiated skills at once.
Besides a different manipulative word work task each day, here are some of the sentence building printables we’ve been doing in class to keep everyone happy all year long!
Students build a sentence with each page, but that is just the beginning of their task; they also edit using a simple checklist AND have a peer edit as well. This holds them accountable to finish, and increases confidence when they get to be the “expert” fixing up someone else’s work.
After some practice, I see this habit of self-editing transfer to other writing projects as well.
Students use the checklist to edit their own:
punctuation: periods and question marks
space between words
We use the editable version to create our own sentences, too! It’s fun to work together to write funny sentences and use the names of students in the class to increase engagement!
Sentences become longer and more difficult as the program continues, including a collection using questions, quotation marks, contractions, words with blends, digraphs, trigraphs and compound words. This lasts the whole year in either morning work or literacy centers.
Next, we move on to parts of speech. Students have to identify and choose a noun, adjective and verb to build their sentence. Since there are two options for each part of speech, students may not have the same sentence as the person sitting next to them.
So, there is a section where students get their friend to peer-edit, and sign their name. This is great extra practice, and encourages discussion with peers regarding what a good sentence needs.
Next, we move on to more complex spelling patterns.
The digraphs and blends set also has word and picture cards for word work during literacy centers.
Just to keep things fun and interesting, the checklist for the blends set is a bit different! For this self-editing, students build a funny face for each part of the sentence that is done correctly.
For example, if they remembered to use a period, they get to draw some eyes.
If they used a capital at the beginning of the sentence, they can draw a nose – any kind of nose they wish!
Sentence editing has never been more fun and engaging!
Organization for the Full Year
Because I teach a multi-age class, I often use several of the sets at the same time to differentiate my instruction. My lower grade students begin with the first set, while my higher grade students start on set 3 at the same time. Instructions are very similar, however the level of expectation is much higher as the sets progress. This is how I ensure that I’m reaching all students, and working smarter not longer to gather differentiated resources.
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Sentence Building Kit 1 Sight words, number words, color words
Sentence Building Kit 2 Contractions, Quotation Marks and longer sentences
Sentence Building Kit 3 Parts of Speech – Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs
Sentence Builder BUNDLE 1 Bundle 1 Full Year Set *Sets 1, 2, and 3 together*
***Please note the BUNDLE 1 only includes a free EDITABLE version of the Set 1 format page.
Sentence Building Kit 4 – Blends Sentences using words with blends
Sentence Building Kit 5 – Digraphs Sentences using words with digraphs
Sentence Building Kit 6 -Trigraphs and Compound Words includes word and picture cards
Sentence Builder Year Bundle 2 Bundle 2 *Sets 4, 5, and 6 together*
Sentence Kits 1-6 – Full Year BUNDLE – This is the best price and will last all year in your daily lessons, morning work, early finishers, writing centers, home practice, or even sub tubs as students become completely independent after the first few pages.