Stretch the sentence writing worksheets are a great way for your students to learn about revising their writing. Revising is an important skill for first graders to learn, but teaching revising can be tricky! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite strategies to teach revising in a fun way. Best of all, these simple sentence writing worksheets make it easy to plan your lessons!
If your students aren’t ready for revising yet, check out this post about writing simple sentences.
Model Improving Sentences: I Do!
The strategy is just as it sounds. We start with a simple sentence and make it more descriptive and complex one word or phrase at a time. It is also a great way for students to begin using adjectives in their writing!
Begin the lesson by displaying one of the sentence writing worksheets on your interactive board and model a think aloud. Let’s use this sentence- She made a cake– as an example. I love how these pages have space to list some describing words!
Underneath the sentence you will rewrite the sentence adding at least one word on each line.
You could write:
She made a chocolate cake.
Underline the newly added words.
Then you repeat the process:
She made a four-layer chocolate cake.
Keep adding even more!
She made a fancy four-layer chocolate cake.
Practice Writing Sentences Together: We Do!
Repeat this process over several days using a gradual release of responsibility. You’ll want to use a new sentence writing worksheet each day, the set includes 30 pages.
Day 1- I do: Model the Strategy
Day 2- We do/Shared Writing- Teacher does the physical writing, students help with choosing words
Day 3- We do: Write Sentences with a Partner
Day 4- You do: Independent Sentence Writing Practice
Time to Share Their Sentences
Remember to build in some time for students to share their sentences along the way. Students can share just the final sentence they wrote. It is fun for them to see the different sentences that everyone developed!
Once students are familiar with the strategy, it is important for students to continue their sentence writing practice, so that the skill becomes more internalized. These sheets make a great activity to add to a center or use as morning work so students can continue to practice their sentence writing skills!
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