Happy Halloween! I’m ready for my students to bring in loads of treats and candy…in spite of the fact that I’ve never ONCE promised them we would have any kind of celebration. If today holds true as in years past, we will be flooded with delicious, sugary snacks. Fine. My plan? First, we work. If you want a treat, then you can earn it. We will gorge ourselves on these treats about 30 minutes before I send them home to the loving arms of their families…they can deal with their kids hyped-up on sugar. (Insert evil cackle here!)
Sentences Roll-and-Write Activity
So, I’m well into this school year’s 2nd quarter (already!) and we are hitting our Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO’s) hard. One of these outcomes is for students to write a complete sentence. I created a resource called Sentences Roll-and-Write that gives my students an opportunity each week to write a variety of sentence types. To make it fun, students roll a die. The number they roll corresponds to a sentence type. For example, if you roll a one then you write a declarative. If you roll a two, you write an interrogative, and so on.
The scoring guide we use for sentences is based on the COPSS acronym and represents the following criteria:
- capitalization – not just the first word, but all proper nouns
- organization – this includes the correct type of sentence and length (there is a 7 word minimum for a sentence in my classroom)
- punctuation – ending and commas for dependent clauses and compound sentences
- spelling – my students have access to an online Word Wall
- sounds right – this focuses on correct grammar
We do this activity each week in my room. Students write one sentence and then check with me before I let them go on to the next one. It’s an intense time from my perspective to constantly check my students’ writing. However, these mini-conferences are valuable to developing strong sentence writers because I can offer corrective feedback immediately.