Kids can easily produce sentences without knowing they actually did. Building sentences when they speak and talk about everyday things is easy. The challenge happens when we start teaching the kids. But it shouldn't be this way. Today let me show you 3 engaging ways to practice building sentences in kindergarten.
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Way 1: practice building sentences with magic triangles
You've probably have seen these magic triangles before. I've just come up with the name magic triangles. It is when you build a sentence step by step by adding one word at a time. When you introduce this way to kids, you can call it magic triangles.
You can also use these ideas instead of magic triangles:
- Christmas tree;
- pizza slices;
- pyramids (let's travel to Egypt);
- the roof of the house (let's complete building the house);
- the Eiffel Tower (let's travel to Paris).
Not all the ideas will work with your kids but you can try some!
Here is the example of a magic triangle with a llama.
I see a llama.
I see a pretty llama.
Way 2: practice building sentences with puzzles
- You can create puzzles of small sentences and print them out. Then ask kids to match the puzzles.
- You can bring old puzzles and write parts of sentences on the back. The kids will put the puzzle together and then read sentences.
- You can also use a puzzle maker online. I use this site. You will need to make an account for free. Prepare an image with a sentence (create 3-4 images) and upload it to the puzzle maker. Then divide kids into 3-4 groups and ask them to complete the puzzle and read the sentence in the end.
Way 3: practice sentence building with Google Slides Activities
Practice sentence building with CVC words - UNICORNS
With images as visual help, students will have fun building sentences and reading them aloud!
Practice sentence building with CVC words - CRAYONS
Kids will also build sentences and practice CVC words.
Practice sentence building with sight words - MONSTERS
Kids will put high-frequency words in the right order to make a sentence.
Practice building and extending sentences - SLINKY
Kids will read a sentence and extend it by putting one extra word in the right place.
Practice sentence building with phonics - PUZZLES
Kids will look at the image and find a sentence in the puzzle.
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Practice reading sentences with Level A passages
There are many ways to use these simple passages:
- Sometimes I directly use them in Google Slides (through Google Classroom) where kids read a sentence and then drag a star to a certain word. This way is possible only in EDIT MODE.
- If you'd love to use them in PRESENTATION MODE, kids will just read sentences (visual and oral work).
- If you are offline, download the Google Slides set (beforehand) by saving as a PDF document. Open for a kid on a tablet and let him/her read and tap to the next slide.
- Save as a PDF document and print the pages. Let the kids touch the paper and read.
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