Enjoy fun games and activities while learning to craft varied sentences! Creating sentences is like playing with construction blocks. You can combine ideas by making compound sentences — and link descriptive phrases into them. Students enjoy fun games and activities while learning to make varied sentences.
Students will practice creating adverbial phrases and use them to write more complex sentences.
Students will be able to create compound sentences.
Hand out a photocopied page from a favorite class novel or your current class read-aloud, and project the page onto a screen for the class to see. Divide the class into three groups: A, B, and C.
Ask Group A to underline and count the number of short sentences on the page. (Short = five words or fewer.)
Ask Group B to underline and count the number of medium sentences on the page. (Medium = six to eight words or fewer.)
Ask Group C to underline and count the number of long sentences on the page. (Long = nine or more words).
Once all the groups have finished, select one person from each group to come to the projector and highlight the sentences they have identified in a single color. Choose a different color for each group.
Once the short, medium, and long sentences have all been highlighted, ask students to make observations about the colored page. What do they notice?