These mix-and-match definitions are silly, wacky, and just plain fun! Each sentence is divided into 3 parts: a noun, a category, and an attribute—perfect for students learning to describe and define objects. You can also target semantic absurdities, lengthening MLU, describing objects, answering “WH” questions, and formulating sentences.
15 Sentence Strips
HOW TO MAKE THE FLIPBOOK:
Print all pages single sided and laminate. Cut out the individual sentence strips, flipbook cover, cue card, and instructions. To make the back of the book, cut out a piece of cardboard or file folder slightly larger than the sentence strips. Bind everything together at the top using a binding comb or 6 small binder rings. Once it’s bound, cut the individual sentence parts along the grey dashed lines.
To target creating definitions, review the elements of the definition (noun, category, attribute) as shown on the Cue Card at the back of the flipbook. You can begin scaffolding sentences by flipping to 2 elements of a sentence definition and leaving the third element as the Cue Card (e.g., “Flipflops - are shoes - ...). Using the cue on the Cue Card, the student completes the definition. They can then check their answer by flipping through the book and finding the missing element. As the student becomes more proficient, only one element of the sentence definition may be shown and the student will have to provide the missing 2 elements.
WHAT & WHO QUESTIONS:
Create a sentence in the flipbook with the last two elements matching and the first element set to the Cue Card at the back of the book (e.g., “...—are shoes—for the beach.”) Ask the student “what” or “who” and then read the rest of the sentence (e.g., “What are shoes for the beach?”) The student answers and can then flip through the book to check whether their answer was correct.
Create a sentence in the flipbook with 2 elements that match and one that does not (e.g., “A goat—is an animal—with stripes”). Have the student read or repeat the sentence, identify the element that is incorrect, and predict what the correct element will be. They can then flip through the book to find the correct element and check whether their prediction was accurate.
A horned helmet - is a hat - for vikings.
A jackalope - is a rabbit - with horns.
A kiwi - is a bird - with no wings.
Flipflops - are shoes - for the beach.
A magician - is a person - who does magic tricks.
A mermaid - is a girl - with a fish tail.
A cowgirl - is a girl - who takes care of cows.
A goat - is an animal - with horns.
Saturn - is a planet - with many moons.
A clownfish - is a fish - with stripes.
A Dimetrodon - is a dinosaur - with a sail.
Snowboarding - is a sport - done in winter.
A T-Rex - is a dinosaur - with sharp teeth.
A unicorn - is a horse - with a horn.
A pirate - is a person - who robs ships.