I have used this strategy for fourth graders, but it can be used with grades 3-5. This is the best strategy I have found in my 30 years of teaching to get students to write using varied sentence beginnings. The kids will love to see how their work transforms.
Included in this 100 page product, you have all you need to teach students to write using the entire strategy (I-SPACED). It shows students how to vary sentences using –ing words, Similes, Prepositions, Adverbs, Conjunctions, -ed words, and Dialogue. I have also included a modified version that also includes infinitives, subjects, and clauses.
There are practice pages for each part of the strategy to show the students how to write using these different sentence beginnings. I have included displays so you can print and post the strategy in your classroom. There are also many different prompts to allow students to practice this strategy. I have also included a word bank for students to use to help expand their vocabulary while using this strategy. Once you try it, you will find how excited your kids get about writing.