Grade: Elementary

#2170. Silly Sentences

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Fri Mar 9 16:38:15 PST 2001 by Sandy Scarborough (
Brennen Elementary, Columbia, SC
Materials Required: word or picture cards (nouns, verbs, adjectives,articles:the, a, and conjunctions: and, or, but
Activity Time: approximately 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: A sentence is a group of words that represents a complete thought. Nouns, verb, adjectives.

Review with students the meaning of "sentence", and the kinds of words that are nouns, verb, adjectives, connecting words. Have students give examples of sentences and write on board or chart paper. Model the lesson by showing how to use a combination of word cards to make a sentence. Divide the students into small groups of 3 or 4 students, and distribute cards to each group. Instruct each group to use the cards to make sentences. Assign a group "recorder" to write the group's sentences on a large sheet of chart paper. When the groups have come up with 4 or 5 sentences, post the charts with the sentences where all students can see. Give each child a sheet of construction paper and have each choose a sentence to illustrate. When students have completed their illustrations, have them share with the class and let the class guess which sentence is represented on the individual drawings. My class used this activity to compose compound sentences, and they really enjoyed the art connection.