Lesson plan

Tell Me About a Telling Sentence

This lesson will help your students write proper telling sentences. It features exercises for describing objects, writing descriptions, and fixing sentences.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Telling sentences are statements that begin with a capital letter and end with a period. Kindergarten and first graders are learning how to build simple sentences and in this lesson, they will identify and rewrite telling sentences. They will be tasked with putting jumbled sentences back into the correct syntax. Once they comprehend that a sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a period, they will be able to decode them correctly.This is an important foundational grammar and writing skill for your child to master.

Students will be able to identify, critique, and rewrite telling sentences correctly.

(5 minutes)
  • Hold up the pictures in front of the class.
  • Ask students to tell you different things about the pictures.
  • Write their sentences on the board.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell the class they just gave you telling sentences, or sentences that share information about something.
  • Tell the students what a telling sentence should contain when it is written down: It should tell a complete thought, the first word in a sentence must begin with a capital letter, and the sentence should end with an end mark such as a period.
  • Read aloud the sentences you wrote on the board.
  • Ask students if each sentence has the three things a telling sentence should have.
(10 minutes)
  • Introduce the doctor puppet.
  • Tell students he needs their help to fix sentences.
  • Show the poster with telling sentences that have errors.
  • Let the puppet remind the class about the three things a telling sentence should have.
  • Have the puppet ask the class what is wrong with each sentence.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students they are going to look at sentences and decide if they have the three important parts of a telling sentence.
  • Give each student 5 pre-made sentence strips with correct and incorrect sentences on them. Explain that students will sort them into two categories: correct and incorrect.
  • Monitor them as they sort.
  • As you walk around, ask students what is correct or incorrect about each sentence.
  • Enrichment: Give advanced students more sentence strips to sort. For example, they can sort 10 sentences instead of five. Let them work in pairs to write their own incorrect sentences for a partner to correct.
  • Support: Give students who are below level less sentence strips to sort. For example, they can sort three sentences instead of five.
(15 minutes)
  • Give students the Fix the Sentences: Kitty Cat worksheet.
  • Read the instructions and sentences together as a class.
  • See if students correctly fixed the errors in the sentences to check for understanding.
(5 minutes)
  • Toss the ball around the class.
  • Tell the class that when you say freeze, the person who has the ball must say one thing they have learned about telling sentences.

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