I decided to create this file because I have some pre-functional/beginner ELL learners in fourth and fifth grades. They have a lot of trouble composing even the simplest sentences. Their English language acquisition is very limited and they have not passed the first grade reading levels yet. I also use this occasionally with my first and second graders as well. Most lower elementary students can always use reinforcement with adding details to their sentences.
I felt like they might catch on to common sight words and description faster if I provided a simple model and used it consistently. That’s why this file is reliably the same throughout.I realize it is like a drill format, however, I am trying to boost their confidence with what little language they have and I think this activity might help.
There are two sample cards included with suggested answers. The idea with this activity is to have students add more and more words that describe the object pictured.
Suggestions for Use:
You can place these cards in a center or use them individually as guided practice. I am using them with pre-functional ELLs one card at a time and we are going to glue them into interactive notebooks for ESL class. Once you teach the model, the kids will understand what to do with provided they have vocabulary support for unknown words.
This activity really is not grade specific. This concept can be used for any student, child to adult who is learning how to write more detail and learning to be more confident with writing and language.
Fourth grade core standard supported by this file:
W.W.4.4. I can produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.