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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.