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Silly Sentence Surprises

Sentences are one of the foundations of written and spoken language. Play with sentence features by building sentence parts using Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Introduce the features of a sentence. Explore initial letter capitalization, ending punctuation and the concepts of subject and predicate. Share sentences from familiar stories. Work together to identify sentence features.
    2. Invite pairs of students to create sentences using Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons on two individual dry-erase boards. One student creates a subject part of a sentence with initial capital letter using a red dry-erase crayon. The other student writes the predicate part of the sentence with ending punctuation using a green dry-erase crayon.
    3. Next ask students to switch partners to mix and match subjects and predicates. Children can read their silly sentences aloud. Continue mixing and matching sentence parts to create new sentences.
    4. Display sentence parts on a shelf for all students to see. Provide Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils and construction paper for students to record and illustrate their favorite silly sentence surprises.
    5. Gather the illustrations and compare and contrast the sentences and content of the drawings.
  • Standards

    LA: Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

    VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

    VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.

  • Adaptations

    Investigate parts of speech – noun, verb, adjective, and adverb. Create silly sentence subjects and predicates that include color-coded nouns (orange) and verbs (blue). Encourage students to include adjectives (in purple) and adverbs (in brown) in their sentences.

    First grade students focusing on specific letters or letter combinations can have the added challenge of creating sentences using as many words as possible containing those sounds.

    Encourage creative spelling to enable children to use a range of words more broad than their “correct spelling” vocabularies. Write the correct spelling above each misspelled word.

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