These 8 activities will let first and second graders develop many language art skills by learning about the structure of sentences via making silly and meaningful sentences, building vocabulary and having fun at work stations that can be modified and used over several months. Activities can be done in any order. You can begin with the Silly Sentences and then break down the grammar parts with the other activities, or begin with the activities and then end with the silly sentences. Most activities are designed for groups of 2-4, others can be done as a whole group lesson.
Use the included printables to design workstations.
This kit includes mostly printable material
• Writing Silly Sentences practice sheets
• Activity boards in three levels of difficulty
o Level One includes article, adjective, noun and verb.
o Level Two includes article, adjective, noun, verb, article and noun.
o Level Three sentences include article, adjective, noun, verb, preposition, article, adjective and noun.
• Word lists for each category: articles, adjectives, nouns, verbs and propositions. (which can be printed for each individual student).
• Articles (1 sheet makes 12 cards of “a an the some no”)
• Adjectives (makes 59 game cards)
• Nouns (makes 85 game cards)
• Verbs (makes 36 verb cards)
• Prepositions (makes 32 game cards)
Using a die is the preferred method of playing Silly Sentences, but not required.
The Silly Sentence Activity will take 15 to 30 minutes depending on children’s ability to cooperate and follow directions.
The cards can be used for many activities including using the Adjectives Cards to play concentration with the adjective/antonym cards, use the Adjective Color cards as a worksheet, sorting the cards into common groups or themes, and alphabetizing cards. The reference lists can also be used as learning activities.
A few common core covered in these activities:
Common Core Standards First Grade:
Identify letters, words, and sentences
Classify categories of words (e.g., concrete collections of animals, foods, toys).
Use context to understand word and sentence meanings
Alphabetize a list of words to the first letter
Use descriptive words when writing (Adjectives)
Capitalize the first word of a sentence, names of people, and the pronoun I
Print legibly and space letters, words, and sentences appropriately
Common Core Standards Second grade:
Use letter-sound correspondence knowledge to sound out unknown words.
Recognize and correctly read and use regular plurals (e.g., -s, -es, -ies) and irregular plurals (e.g., fly/flies, wife/wives).
Know and explain common antonyms and synonyms.
Alphabetize a list of words to the second letter
Select and use descriptive words when writing
Distinguish between complete (When Tom hit the ball, he was proud.) and incomplete sentences (When Tom hit the ball).
Use correct word order in written sentences