To reinforce the use of the sight words listed in the classroom, practice writing sentences in the particular genre of “silly”, and reinforce reading comprehension.
Students will reinforce the use of the sight words listed in the classroom as they practice writing sentences in the particular genre of “silly” and for those that are ready, students will also use their descriptive vocabulary. Finally, students will reinforce their reading comprehension as they illustrate sentences that other students have created.
Reading Comprehension – Main Idea
Writing – Sentences
Silly Sentence Form (blank); 1-3 per student depending on their skill level
Silly Sentence Form (with sentences); 1 per student. If your students are either at a level above or below the literacy level in the written sentences, create your own set for introducing the project.
Ask the class:
What is silly? What is a sentence? Can you give me an example of a sentence? Now, can you make it silly? Is, “The boy is sitting in the chair.” silly? Is “The chair is sitting on the boy.” silly?
Ask above questions so that students understand what is a sentence and what is the difference between a sentence and a silly sentence. Give each child one silly sentence form with the sentences on it.
Ask the student to draw a picture for each sentence. This builds reading comprehension skills by encouraging the students to visualize what they are reading.
Next hand out blank forms. Have students write a silly sentence on the line in each box. You can reinforce the basic concepts of a sentence with this. (Capital and period, nouns-verb, descriptive words – adjectives and adverbs if they have been introduced and above all reinforce silly.) Students can use sheet of sight words (they should cut out words they need) if their writing is hard to read.
When students have completed their silly sentences have them pass their sentences to another student. Have students reads the sentences and draw a picture for each sentence. NEVER LET THE STUDENTS ILLUSTRATE THEIR OWN SENTENCES. NO READING SKILLS ARE GAINED IF THEY DO!
You can do this over 2 days with students writing one day and drawing the next day.
This is an excellent independent activity. The more they write and illustrate other students’ silly sentences the stronger your students’ reading and writing skills will become. Have 3 boxes, one for blank sheets, one for sheets with sentences on them and one for completed sheets to be shared with the class each day.