SILLY SENTENCE BUILDER is designed for use with grades 1-5 in Speech Therapy, RTI, and Resource Room. It can be used to scaffold oral and written sentence production, as well as answering WH-Questions and recognizing/correcting semantic absurdities in sentences. It also fosters awareness of literary elements, such as character, setting, and event.
Silly Sentence Builder is aligned with the following Common Core State Standards:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1j/2.1f/3.1i/4.1f Produce and expand complete sentences…
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.3/2.3/3.3 Ask and answer questions…
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4/5.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
* 24 CHARACTER cards
* 24 SETTING cards
* 24 EVENT cards
* 24 CONCLUSION cards
* 1 SENTENCE BOARD
* List of Suggested Sentences
Character, Setting, Event, and Conclusion cards can be combined in different ways to produce a variety of silly sentences!
DIRECTIONS FOR PRINTING
Print pages 6-7 single sided and laminate together to make the SENTENCE BOARD.
Print pages 8-31 double-sided so cards contain front and back. Laminate for durability.
INDIVIDUAL ORAL / WRITTEN SENTENCE WORK
Have the student pick one of each card and put in its appropriate place on the Sentence Board (the CONCLUSION card can be omitted for simpler sentences). Once the student has found the right order, he/she recites the entire correct sentence, or writes the entire sentence on a piece of paper.
GROUP ORAL / WRITTEN SENTENCE WORK
Print out multiple Sentence Boards and give one to each student. Divide the cards among the students and see who can come up with the “silliest” sentence.
Using one Sentence Board, have students alternate choosing cards (e.g., student 1 chooses Character, student 2 chooses Setting, etc.) and placing on the Sentence Board.
Have student create sentences as described above. WHO, WHERE, and WHAT questions can then be asked about the sentences created (color coding and placement on the Sentence Board provide visual cues: WHO will always correspond with CHARACTER, WHERE with SETTING, and WHAT with EVENT).
Each card has a number on the back. Cards with matching numbers form a logical (but silly) sentence. Have students correct semantic absurdities by laying out a sentence that has all cards but 1 that match. The student then identifies the absurdity and replaces it with the correct card from the same category.