I started whole group by reading a super simple story about a bunny (the bunny was going to be the subject of our writing). I then guided them in the creation of our sentence patterning chart. I had the chart headings and examples filled in before beginning the lesson. I first wrote "bunny" under the noun column because the bunny would be the subject of our writing. We then brainstormed words to describe the bunny and I wrote those in the adjective column. We reviewed verbs as action words and brainstormed some things that the bunny could be doing. I wrote the verbs under the verb column. Finally, we talked about where the bunny could be hiding, eating, and playing and I wrote their ideas under the prepositional phrase column. Here comes the fun part...I modeled reading a sentence by singing to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell." I placed a small sticky note next to the adjective, verb, and prepositional phrase that I wanted to use. It went a little something like this..."The cute bunny eats, the cute bunny eats, the cute bunny eats in the woods, the cute bunny eats." Get it? I know you're humming the tune of "Farmer in the Dell" right about now...
We sang the song a
We concluded the lesson with each student completing a sentence frame independently. My struggling writers were so proud of themselves! Creating a "pattern" for writing sentences really helped my students recognize the rhythm of language and how words come together to make sense in a sentence.
|"The small bunny eats in the woods."|
|"The cute bunny eats in the grass." Sure is a cute bunny in the grass!|
I'm finishing up the last edits on my Spring Literacy and Match activities and it is almost 150 pages! How does that happen? I think I'm having way too much fun with it!
Have a great night!