Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Expanding Sentences

As this the end of the school year is getting closer and closer my kids are still having trouble with writing complete sentences. My group last year really enjoyed writing...this group not so much. They think it's boring and I'm lucky to get a sentence or two out of them. Today I tried to take it back to the basics of expanding sentences and encouraged them to use adjectives and adverbs.

Getting your students to write detailed sentences can be such a difficult task. Come see how my class practices writing expanded sentences with this simple activity.

I gave them a piece of paper and had them fold back and forth until they had 4 rectangles on their page. I gave them a short sentence and they wrote it on the outside of their foldable.

Getting your students to write detailed sentences can be such a difficult task. Come see how my class practices writing expanded sentences with this simple activity.

When we were expanding our sentences I only gave them clues such as lets add an adjective to describe the dog. Lets write an adverb to show how the dog ran, etc....  This was their end result.
Getting your students to write detailed sentences can be such a difficult task. Come see how my class practices writing expanded sentences with this simple activity.

Getting your students to write detailed sentences can be such a difficult task. Come see how my class practices writing expanded sentences with this simple activity.


I will definitely take it! We did one of these every day for a week and they can use them as examples when working on writing independently. 
How do you encourage your kids writing?

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1 comment:

  1. Yours sound just like mine!! ugh... I have found (until I was told no more.. dont ask) that doing a craftivity to go with a writing whatever helps a ton!! When I was doing this in the beginning of the year my kiddos could not wait to write and they knew that if I did not get their best writing they could not do the little crafty thing :-) They were producing much better work than now and no "how many sentences do I have to write" either.
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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