- First Grade
- 55 minutes
- Standards: RF.1.1.A
Help your students go through a writing skill metamorphosis with this teacher-approved lesson plan. By searching for words to create statements, questions, and exclamations, students will improve their own language skills.
Students will be able to build sentences using capital letters and ending punctuation.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask the class if they remember working with questions and statements.
- Tell them that they're going to add in one more kind of sentence today: exclamatory sentences.
- Explain that exclamatory sentences are said with excitement and end with an exclamation mark.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Tell the class we are going to build our own sentences.
- Remind students each sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with an ending punctuation mark, i.e. period, question mark, or exclamation point.
- Ask them to come up with three sentences apiece: one question, one statement, and one exclamatory sentence.
- Allow volunteers to share their sentences.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show the class the caterpillar worksheet.
- Call on a helper to assist you in showing the class how to complete the worksheet.
- Ask the helper what sentence he wants to hunt for first. Look through the newspapers and magazines together to find different words to form new sentences.
- Cut and place one word in each circle to form your sentences. Paste the words once your sentence is complete.
- Make sure to have capital letters to start each sentence and either a period, question mark, or exclamation point to end each sentence.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Ask students to write their names at the top of their paper and to use their scissors to get started right away.
- Remind them only to glue words after the whole sentence is placed on paper. It is easier to make changes that way.
- Enrichment: Ask advanced students to create complex sentences on the backs of their worksheets.
- Support: Struggling students can be allowed to write words into their caterpillars instead of searching for them.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Collect students' worksheets once they're done. Review them later to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Ask students to each share one sentence aloud with the class.