How to Use This Pack:
This pack contains four informational posters about the types of sentences and a variety of activities for getting students thinking about and using the four types of sentences. Activities can be used in a sequence or used as mini-lessons scattered periodically throughout a literacy curriculum.
This pack contains four mini-posters, one for each of the four types of sentences: declarative, imperative, exclamatory, and interrogative. These posters offer examples and information about the ending punctuation for each of the types of sentences and make a great reference tool for students.
To prepare for this activity, you will need to have four bags or containers, each one labeled with one of the four types of sentences. (Labeling strips are included.) Cut out all of the sentence strips provided. When beginning the lesson, evenly distribute the sentence strips to students and ask them to sort the sentences into the proper bag or container. After all of the strips are sorted, review the placement of the sentences as a class and address any questionable placements.
Examples of Sentence Types:
In this activity, students record sentences that they hear or read during a set amount of time (I used about half a school day with my second graders.) To save time, students can use tally marks, rather than writing out the whole sentences, once they have demonstrated they grasp the concept of the sentence types. After collecting their data, students then create a bar graph and answer questions designed to get them thinking about the frequency with which we encounter the various types of sentences.
Say It Four Ways!:
To stretch students’ understanding of the flexibility the four types of sentences offer us in terms of expression, this activity challenges students to respond to a scenario in four different ways – using each of the four types of sentences. This activity challenges students to consider how each of the four types of sentences might be able to serve a specific purpose.
How Can I Best Put This?:
In this activity, best after “Say it Four Ways,” students choose the best type of sentence to use to respond to a given scenario. Answers for what is “best” will