32 verbs, 32 nouns, 32 pronouns, 6 articles, 4 punctuation marks, 5 conjunctions, 13 prepositions, and 32 adjectives are included in this book. Use the words to practice reading, writing, and grammar, while also developing the 4C’s, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. These games and activities are great year-round or for Valentine’s Day.
Words that are most likely to be used at the beginning of a sentence are available in both lower and upper case form. This means that some of the words are duplicates, especially the pronouns and articles. A blank sheet of heart flashcards is also included.
You may wish to print more than one copy of each page. If your students are new readers, you may select a subset of words to work with.
There are many ways to use the heart flashcards, or “conversation hearts.”
1. Have your students cut out the words, or you may cut them out beforehand. Have your students make sentences with the words and paste them to one of the included templates. If your students use a template with handwriting lines, have them copy the sentences.
2. Cut out the words and laminate them. Have your students use the words to create sentences. Students may simply practice reading, or they may copy down the sentences. If you want your students to draw a picture, then use the template with a blank space above the handwriting lines.
3. Form a small group of students. This is a great activity for a literacy center. Assign each student one or more parts of speech. Have them work together to create sentences. This game demonstrates the importance of each part of speech. Encourage students to create detailed sentences.
You may play this game with multiple groups. Give each group their own set of words. Next, set the timer. Whichever group makes the most sentences before the timer goes off, wins. This is a fun way to practice the 4C’s: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
4. Challenge your students to write a cohesive paragraph using the words. For instance, “My horse is brown. It can jump. I like to ride it. It is pretty.”
5. Challenge your students to create compound sentences.
6. Have your students sort the words into categories. Labeled sheets are provided for verbs, nouns, pronouns, articles, punctuation marks, conjunctions, prepositions, and adjectives.
Students may glue them to the correct sheets. Alternately, students may place them on the labeled sheets, and you may check them. Students may work on this project as a group or individually.
You may also make this into a game. Form several small group, and give each group their own set of words and labelled sheets. Next, set the timer. Whichever group places the most words correctly on the sheets before time runs out wins.
7. If your students create multiple pages, you may wish to staple them together. A cover sheet is provided that may be stapled to the top.
For more fun activities, take a peek at I Love Phonics
and I Love Math Facts
Copyright © 2015 Sharon J. Miller