Pinterest Inspired Sentence Expanding Activity

So, I have been seeing several ideas on Pinterest and I have been trying to decide how to use them in my speech room.  Introducing, the sentence expanding activity!

First, I used my new favorite therapy tool, my McDonald's french fries containers.  I wrote several "subjects" and "predicates" on Popsicle sticks.  I introduced that all complete sentences must have a subject and a predicate.  My students got to select a "french fry" and place it in the correct container.
Then I took out all the pieces, and the students worked together to make matches to make sentences.  Then I prompted my students, were these sentences exciting?!  They agreed that they weren't!  I then introduced the sentence expanding visual.  I showed them how by adding adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases make the sentences more exciting and tells the reader more information.  They got to practice expanding their sentences with my sample subject/predicate only sentences. 

Last, I told them it was their turn to write their own expanded sentences.  For some students that I knew they could be more independent I had them just write several using "my method".  For others, I made them work through it.  For a motivational piece, I used "Angry Birds!"  As a group, we made a chart on the dry erase board of sample "verbs/predicates" "adjectives" "adverbs" and "prepositional phrases/where".  Then they got to write about the Angry Bird they selected.  They had so much fun!



5 comments:

  1. Great idea!! I love the fries container with yellow popsicle sticks! What age group were your students for this activity?

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    1. I used this activity with my 5th and 6th graders. But you could definitely modify it for 3rd or 4th graders.

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  2. Love your blog! Have spent hours looking through it! So many creative and practical ideas. This is an activity I downloaded to try this year as I have many students working on expanding sentences; however, I do not have Boardmaker. Any chance you could put the subject and predicate visual as a pdf file. The way they are now, I could not open them. Thanks so much for your great site and all you share!

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    1. it has been fixed! sorry! thought I used the pdf version!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the McDonalds idea! I came by your blog via Pinterest, and will be including this post in my weekly round-up of inspiring pins this coming Monday. If you'd like to have a look, you will be able to find it here on Monday: http://littlegreenteacher.blogspot.com/2013/09/pins-of-week-literacy-edition.html

    Thank you,
    Kelly at Little Green

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