Sentence Stretchers: A Writing Tool

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What You Need:

  • paper
  • black marker
  • red marker
  • M&M’s or Skittles

What You Do:

  1. Begin by “sweetening” the project by placing a bowl of M&M’s or Skittles on the table. Explain to your fifth grader that he can win pieces of candy by stretching simple sentences. On a piece of paper, write “The boy ran” (with "The boy" in black and "ran" in red). Explain to your child that he can turn simple sentences into longer, fifth grade sentences by following an easy formula. The black words in the sentence tell the subject (noun part) and the red words tell the predicate (verb part). To stretch the sentence (and win candy!), add a word to each part by using this chart.

    Adjectives:                                                  Adverbs:

    What kind?                                                 Where?

    Which one?                                                When?

    How many?                                                 How?

                                                                    How much?

                                                                    How long?

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