A few years ago, I was teaching kindergarten. My school did not have many materials for students to practice tracing and have fun doing it. After teaching them the letters, I thought it would be fun for them to make a book of sentences and illustrate it. My first version was very rough and hand-written, but it turned out very nicely. The idea is to give students one page per day. By the end of the pages, each student will have a great little book that can be sent home.
1. Make sure they can form all letters.
2. Have them rewrite the sentence twice each.
3. Have them read the sentence.
4. Have the students illustrate the pictures for the sentence to check comprehension and understanding.
This works as a great center/table/station activity and is a great way to make sure their writing is improving. I have used the pre-primer sight words for this particular book. If there are people who use and enjoy this, I will continue to make books with all the sight words, gradually getting more and more difficult to where they are writing their own.
I have also attached a few PLAIN pages at the end you can copy so students can write their own sentences with the words if they wish.
I have also put CCSS standards on the page so you can see how this can be applied to common core.
Good luck to you!