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These paragraph puzzles were created to provide students with a hands-on way to learn the critical writing skill for writing. It is a hands-on way to help them internalize how writers organize their writing and ideas.
Students can work in teams or alone to organize these sentences into a paragraph that makes sense. Students often struggle with adding a main idea along with details to support it.
I use these puzzles during whole-group lessons in our Writer’s Workshop as well as during small groups. Then, I transition these into our writing station. Learning how to use these puzzles takes times and modeling. After the students have practice with a few of these, it goes much smoother. They begin to understand structure and organization of paragraphs. It also lends to some really great conversations about writing and these paragraphs.
I print these puzzles in different colors so that I can distinguish where each piece belongs. Then, I laminate the puzzles and the puzzle mats and cut out the pieces of the puzzles. If you want to use them as an assessment informational or graded), don't laminate and let them glue them down on another piece of paper.
Once I transition these puzzles into the writing station, the puzzle mats provide differentiation and allows students to place pieces on top of the puzzle mat. You can also give the puzzles to students without the mat, and they can check their own work with the mat once they are finished. The paragraph mats provide a good scaffold for students who need more help with organizing paragraphs. If needed, students can glue their stories on top of the mats.
I have also provided writing paper so that students have the ability to organize their puzzles and then transfer it onto a page. I hope your students enjoy and benefit from these puzzles as much as my students do!