As a first grade teacher, I've tried a lot of things to help my students become better writers. Their imaginations are great, but they definitely need practice on the conventions of writing a complete sentence. After a week-long unit on this subject, I came up with this SCOOT!
Silly Sentence SCOOT is a whole-group activity that gives your students practice on writing a complete sentence. It has minimal prep and maximum impact! If you don't know what scoot is, it is an activity where you place a task at each desk for the students to complete in a short amount of time, and then the students scoot, at your signal, around the room. It can be as simple as writing an answer to a math problem, to as advanced as writing a paragraph about a topic.In this scoot, each desk will have a sentence that has been cut into separate words. The student will arrange the words to form a correct sentence. Then, they will write the sentence down on their recording sheet, and make the words into a silly sentence for the next person.
This will help your students practice writing sentences, and will make them more independent too! I've included teacher instructions, recording pages, sentences to cut up, and numbers to place on each desk. I did 36 sentences, just to make sure you have plenty! You could even do half of them one day, and then save the rest for added practice in a few weeks.
I love this activity because it keeps every student engaged, and they become confident writers! For the first few scoots, you do have to monitor and help the emergent writers quite a bit, but even my ELLs were doing it independently at the end!