Even though I teach fourth grade, I still find that, at the beginning of the year, I have many, many students who struggle with writing complete sentences. It’s usually a pretty quick fix to remind them what a complete sentence looks like, but then we have to go beyond that, too. We have to teach them how to restate answers in complete sentences (I have a HUGE blog post about that HERE.) Then, we have to move on to teaching them to expand on their sentences.
I have written before about how amazing our writing curriculum is, but I just have to say it again! We use Write Now Right Now and it is just wonderful. The lessons featured here are based on lessons in the curriculum. Seriously, if you need an amazing writing curriculum, go check it out!
We start out the year with a review of the five requirements of a sentence. Here is the notebook entry that we use.
This #completesentences chant was GOLD in my 3rd grade classroom, and my 4th graders love it, too! I didn’t come up with the words, but we always have fun making the hand motions to go along with it. I take VERBing very seriously. And also, my voice is not this loud in real life– thank goodness for classroom microphones! 🙂 #classphotographer #Iteach #iteach4th #iteachtoo #iteachwriting #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachergram (Chant from Shurley Grammar)
After we complete the lesson, they each get miniature jerseys and glue them into their notebooks. Then, they get to write their own sample sentences. It is always fun to see what they come up with!
After this lesson it’s amazing how excited they are to challenge themselves to write Varsity level answers. It’s rare that I see a pee-wee team complete answer after this point, and I leave the anchor chart up in my room for quite some time and we refer to it often!
If you’d like to teach this lesson, it’s super quick– maybe 15 minutes– and you can grab the jerseys for free HERE. I printed my big anchor chart jerseys on colored card stock.