Once a child is familiar with sight words it is time for them to start to learn to write sentences. We like having fun writing sentences so we came up with some beginning sentence writing games.
First, make sure that the student understands the basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives and conjunctions.
We play “Say it Fast” to work on parts of speech and response time.
I don’t mind writing on my hands so I write either “noun” and “adjective” or “noun” and “verb” on to the palms of my hands.
If you don’t want to write on your hands you can write it on a piece of paper.
Have the students stand on one side of the room and you stand on the other.
The object of the game is for them to walk to you to win the game.
They get to take one step for each correct answer.
When you hold up one hand with “noun”, “adjective” or “verb written on the palm or on a piece of paper, the student has to come up with a word that matches before you lower your hand.
If you hold up both hands they need to put two words together.
Example 1: You hold up “noun”, the child says “cat” before you lower your hand; the child takes one step forward.
Example 2: You hold up “noun” and “verb”, the child says, “boy runs”; the child takes a step forward.
Adjust the speed of how long you hold up your hands to the skill level of the child. If they get them correct all the time give less time to respond. If they are struggling, give the child a bit more time. This game really works well for helping a child improve their response time. I make the rule that they can use a color word just once in response to adjective. I also make the rule that they have to come up with a new word each time.
More activities for learning parts of speech.
Visual Sentence Writing Game
Now it is time to start writing sentences! We have been having fun with our Visual Sentence Writing Game. We like to add in movement whenever we can so first we spread out a bunch of parts of speech cards all over the floor. If you don’t have these cards, they are easy enough to write on 3 x 5 cards. As you can see, our young friend needed to move before sitting down to write.
Then have the child throw a ball, stuffed animal or bean bags on to the cards. Whatever card that the object lands on is the word the child gets.
Repeat this until the child has a choice of 5 or 6 words. Have the students take the cards to a desk or table and choose the cards they want to make their sentence.
Have the child copy the words from the cards. As they complete copying a word have them turn the card over. We recommend large lined paper for writing. The child that was doing this activity did not want to use the lined paper so we let the child have that choice this time.
Once the sentence is completely written, have the child draw a picture about the sentence they just wrote. We sure were having fun writing sentences!
More resources for having fun writing sentences:
More Reading Activities from Mosswood Connections”