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Let's Build a Sentence! Anchor Chart, Sentence Sort, and Writing Extension

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When creating this lesson, I wanted to reinforce the most important components of a quality sentence for my kindergarteners. I identified these important components as having a capital letter at the beginning, ending with punctuation, containing spaces between words, and making sense. The first three components are technical aspects of writing while the last component, "makes sense", really hits home with kinders - slowing down to make sure that their writing is answering what was asked or expresses what they intended it to is important (and sometimes difficult).

I put this lesson in the framework of "building a sentence" because so many children in my class - and at this age - are very interested in construction and building so I knew that would be a motivating piece for them. It also makes sense to think about "building" a sentence with the right tools and procedures.

Included in this packet:
-Materials for you to make your own interactive anchor chart (the components of a quality sentence with examples for your students to highlight)
-Materials for your class to conduct a sentence sort (sort in a small group or as a whole class between sentences that are "well built" and "in need of repair" for discussions about what makes a good sentence)
-A follow-up writing extension where your students fix the mistakes in sentences

Enjoy and happy teaching!

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