Having Fun Writing Sentences

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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.

Say it Fast: Practicing Parts of Speech

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.

Instructions:

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.

Printable Mad Libs

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.

Visual Sentence Writing Silliness

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.

Visual Sentence Writing Ball

 

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.

Visual Sentence Writing Instructions

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.

Visual Sentence Writing Example

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!

Having Fun Writing Sentences 1

More resources for having fun writing sentences:

Simple Sentence Worksheet

Sentence Spinner Worksheet

Silly Sentence Maker

Progression in Writing: Sentence Structure 5-7 Years

Sentence Writing

More Reading Activities from Mosswood Connections”

Journal Writing for Kids
Journal Writing for Kids
Nonsense Reading of Sight Words
Reading Sight Words Activity

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  1. I’m of the opinion that that game of writing either noun or verb and asking the students to respond by the time you keep your hand down can go a long way in improving the kid’s ability to respond to questions quickly. It is also quite interesting and fun too so they kids will not only get the necessary skills but also they will enjoy themselves in that process.

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  2. I’m pinning this for when my kids are older. I love the idea of active literacy. It makes things so much more exciting 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Alana! We like to incorporate active learning when we can.

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  3. These activities sound great! My kids are a little young yet, but I will be trying the noun, verb, and adjective game with her hopefully soon!

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  4. I love this idea! My 7 yr old has learned about nouns and is just now learning about verbs. This so cute/fun! He will love this!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. All the kids that I have tried it with have had fun!

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