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Expanding Sentences Using Pictures

No more boring sentences! Your students will absolutely LOVE practicing expanding their sentences to make them more descriptive using this engaging activity. Each page includes a high-interest picture that students describe using a very simple sentence. Using a template, students expand their sentences to make them far more descriptive and interesting!

Expanding sentences to make more descriptive sentences is a skill that will truly take your student's writing to the next level!

This resource includes:

  • 15 pages of practice with pictures
  • Sample Anchor Chart/Lesson for Expanding Sentences
  • Digital Access via Google Slides

I have also provided sample simple sentences for students. However, I highly suggest that students pick out their own detail from the picture to write a sentence about.

I encourage students to expand their sentences using specific nouns, vivid verbs, and descriptive adjectives. They then add even more elements using where, when, why/how stems.

A note on grade levels: This resource is VERY easy to differentiate based on the needs of your students. It is a wonderful teaching resource for grades 2 & 3 and amazing practice expanding descriptive sentences for grades 4 & 5.

Please see a preview for a sample of a completed student page!

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