Dear Teacher Friends,
This is a High Frequency Fluency Game that I developed to help my first graders. It uses the High Frequency words that are introduced in Theme 3 of the Storytown reader series.
I print these sentences on cardstock, and write a number on each word for each particular sentence (i.e., if the sentence reads “The boy went home.” then each word has the same number on the back of its card), them laminate them. I cut the 25 individual sentences out, and place each sentence in a separate snack-sized zip-top bag onto which I have written the corresponding sentence number. I then place all of the bags in a basket. (For storage, I place all of the snack bags into a gallon-sized freezer bag.) If you print in color, each sentence is written in a different color, so you can place more than one sentence in a bag and have the students create sentences that are real or nonsense sentences. I have included both a color and a black and white version of this activity. I introduce the activity during small group rotations, then use it as a center activity (working with words or fluency) thereafter.
Students take a bag containing a mixed-up sentence (or multiple sentences, depending on the ability level of the student/group). They remove the cards from the bag, then “shuffle” them around until the sentence makes sense. I have placed the appropriate ending punctuation on the same card as the last word of the sentence. Once the sentence is correctly arranged, the student reads it aloud. I have included a sentence recording page on which students can write the sentences they have arranged and read correctly. I have also had students write the sentences correctly in their daily journals, to enhance handwriting and reinforce correct sentence structure.
You will note that there are no “cute” graphics or fancy fonts. This is because I have been in discussion with teachers who find them distracting for their students.
Enjoy and God Bless!