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 don’t just build a sentence; 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
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
Here is the full year collection with many different kinds of sentences. You can save a bunch with the bundle since the price is significantly reduced!
If you already have the first kits, you can also purchase the rest individually. There are 6 packs bundled together.
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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*