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Caterpillar Cut-Out Sentences

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.
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Students will be able to build sentences using capital letters and ending punctuation.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect students' worksheets once they're done. Review them later to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to each share one sentence aloud with the class.

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