Saturday, April 9, 2011

Buiding A Sentence : One Word At A Time




I use this format for all themes that I teach in my classroom. I want students to understand that a sentence begins with a capital and ends with a period. I want them to practice reading sight words in context. They draw a picture to match their sentence and this gives them another opportunity to work with these words and build their reading skills. This is a very simple idea with a big punch! Want the download? Grab it and follow me... thanks!

What do you do to build their sight vocabulary?

24 comments:

Mrs. Johnson said...

What a great use of sentence building that also teaches structure and conventions! We do something like this, but as a whole group. I write a sentence with errors (mainly capitalization and punctuation errors) and it's so funny, because I'll say "It looks good, right?" and they all shout "No!" and we correct it. Next, we read through all of our sentences that we have one over the week. I even mix it up to create silly sentences, which makes it even more fun. Your activity would be a great supplement to my whole-group lesson. I will be using it. Thanks thanks thanks!

Casey Shea said...

I love this activity!

Fran Kramer said...

Dear Mrs. Johnson,
I love your ideas for this and we often do that as part of our morning message. You can also do this with words in a pocket chart. This gives students an opportunity to count the words and add adjectives to the sentence to make it stronger. My kids love building sentences in the pocket chart and it is great practice prior to using this independent activity.
Thanks for your strategies!

Jessica said...

This is great!!! Do you have this available for download somewhere?! Thanks for sharing! =)

delanej23460 said...

Love all of your stuff! Thanks for sharing!

kool kindergarten kids said...

I would love this format! Where do we get it?

Maryann said...

Hi Fran!
Another great idea that you are sharing! I love this! Do you do this as a center time or large group time? I hop eyou are planning to put things on TPT soon! Especially the story maps from Goldilocks that yo udo back in March!
Many thanks! I am still looking for the "4 section plates" when you are using the letter cards!!!!
It has become my mission to find them! Again, thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!!
Maryann brennemm@carlisleschools.org

Fran Kramer said...

Hi Maryann,
I model this and put each word on a card and have the whole class help me build the sentence and we talk about it. Then I ask for suggestions for the picture.I might even think aloud and draw one possibility. I remind them that the first word in a sentence starts with a capital so look for that special word to get started, etc. To answer your question- This is done during independent work time and we go over it once all my rotations are finished. Sometimes I collect them for their portfolio or make a book of all the pages.
I hope this helps.
Fran

Hopeful Housewife said...

I love that you share all of your amazing ideas! Any chance of getting a blank template or in a format that you can edit?

jennyg said...

This is a great idea- thanks for sharing! Is it available to download?

Katie said...

What a great idea! I just recently got into reading kindergarten blogs. I 'm addicted!!! Thank you for sharing all your fun ideas!

Karen said...

Fran, I love you ideas... thank you so much for sharing!

Meredith said...

You are one creative soul. I love your thought process and innovative ideas...thank you!

L.. said...

Fran,
Many thanks as this also will help me build my files. I try to get things made but they aren't as cute! Whatever program you have is awesome!
Thank you!
LaVonne :)

venus said...

Wonderful! You have the most creative ideas that teach those standards.

Colleen said...

I love your ideas and I really love that you share! Thank you! There are so many things I do to teach sight words. We call them "snap" words because the children have to be able to read them in a snap. We use open court phonics and the program comes with predecodables. Each week we have two mixed up sentences from the book that the children have to put back together. We also have the program by the American Reading Company (I don't work for them) --100 Book Challenge. Adding this program has really kicked things up a notch. I also use powerpoints that flash the words, use blank games boards and word cards, use stampers...I could go on and on.

Jessica said...

I love this activity... something my children would definitely benefit from. Would it be possible to download it or get the template? Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with us!!

KindergartenWorks said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comments! You are such a joy a great and such an uplifter by offering fun materials!
-Leslie

KindergartenWorks

Fran Kramer said...

Maybe I will offer a template in the future- great idea. Thanks for the positive comments. Watch it, I will get super full of myself. Oh wait- my family will never let that happen! LOL

deb said...

I'd would love this download Fran. Building up the new kinder teacher binders!

deb

Brandy said...

I would love this download...is it available somewhere?

Terry said...

Just discovered your blog. Oh my, what a wonderful resource. Do you have the sentence activity as a download? Where did you buy your sectioned trays for word work?
Thank you for sharing your expertise.
Terry CA

The Sherman Four said...

i downloaded the plant make a sentence papers but like others, i could really benefit from something where I could edit the words and make new sentences! you are truly amazing! i have been a 5th grade teacher for 7 years and i begged my principal to change me to kinder...and i got my wish! i am stocking up on all your materials!!!!! THANK YOU!

Mrs.Voss said...

Thank you for the great idea. I made one without the words so I can put any sentence I want, or students can create them and swap to solve each other's sentences!
Thanks again for all you do! You are such an inspiration to my career! AV