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Sentences for Kindergarten: 11 Activities that Make Teaching Sentences Fun

  • May 26, 2022
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Students come into kindergarten at all different levels.  You will probably have some kids ready to learn about sentences and some not.  And, that’s ok.  Starting the year out teaching about sentences will benefit all kids.  I started teaching about sentences the first week of school.  I taught them that a sentence is a group of words that makes a complete thought and has a capital and an end mark. This was done in my morning message and my objectives for each lesson. 

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Teaching Sentences for Kindergarten with Morning Message

I wrote a message on the board each day before the kids arrived.  There were usually about 3-4 sentences in my message.  At the beginning of the year, I wrote each sentence in a different color.  After reading the message, I asked questions about the sentences, such as: How many sentences are in our message?  How many words in the green sentence?  As the year went on, the messages got longer and the questions I asked were more challenging. 

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Teaching Sentences with the Objective

Using objectives for each lesson is a great way to teach about sentences.  At the beginning of each lesson, I wrote an objective on the board in kid friendly language.  Before writing the objective, I would tell students what it was and then count how many words were in the sentence.  Ex. Our objective is I can circle sight words.   Let’s count the words. (Then we say the sentence slowly as I hold up a finger to count each word.)  There are 5 words in that sentence.  Next I drew a line on the board for each word in our objective.  I wrote the words on the lines, rereading the sentence every time I added a new word.   I always pointed out that sentences begin with capitals and end with end marks. 

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Sentences During Writing Time

Of course, writing time is the prime time to work on writing sentences for kindergarten.  At the beginning of the year, we focused on writing stories about ourselves.  For some kids, this looked like drawing a picture about an experience they had and labeling parts of their picture with words.  Students that were ready, added a sentence to their picture.  For each lesson, I modeled a story of my own by telling them the story, then drawing the picture and adding words.  I also added a sentence in the same way I wrote our objective on the board.  I told them my sentence, counted how many words were in my sentence, and drew lines for each word.  Then I sounded out each word as I wrote on the lines.  This guidance really helps students to understand how to write a sentence themselves.  During our writing block, I also pulled small groups and helped the students work on coming up with a sentence to match their story and write it.  As the year progressed, our stories got longer and the genre changed.  We wrote nonfiction texts, fiction stories, and more.  By the end of the year, most of my students were writing paragraphs! 

Sentences During Reading Time

Reading can be a great time to focus on sentences.  During small group reading instruction, we looked at different components of sentences, like capitals, periods, spaces between words… After reading a book, we often did an interactive writing about the book.  To learn how to use interactive writing, read our blog, Interactive Writing: Fun and Engaging for Kindergarten .

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Specific Lessons for Sentences in Kindergarten

There are many great lessons and activities to teach sentences in kindergarten.  Here are a few I liked doing in my classroom.

Interactive Writing

Interactive writing is such a great way to teach kindergarteners about sentences.  This is a teaching technique where the teacher and the student collaborate to compose and write sentences.  To learn how to use interactive writing, read our blog, Interactive Writing: Fun and Engaging for Kindergarten .

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Count the Words

This fun lesson is quick and can be done anywhere, like waiting in line for picture time.  Count the Words is as simple as the teacher saying a sentence and students counting the words.  I would tell my students, “I’m going to say a sentence, let’s see how many words are in my sentence.  You count the words and hold that many fingers in the air.  My sentence is Sam went to the store.  How many words?”  I would say the sentence slowly and say it twice.  Having students hold up their fingers gives everyone a chance to count on their own and keeps this a quiet game.  After seeing most students holding up their fingers, I would have them clap and count with me as I said the sentence again to check their answers.  

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Sentence or Not a Sentence?

Sentence or Not a Sentence? helps students learn that a sentence is a complete thought.  The teacher says a few words and students decide if those words make up a sentence or not.  I taught it this way: “We’re going to play Sentence or Not a Sentence!   I’ll say a few words and you show thumbs up if what I said was a sentence.  If it’s not a sentence do thumbs down.  Ready?   The dog.”  Watch for students’ thumbs, then say, “That’s right, that was not a sentence, we don’t know what the dog is doing.  How could we make that a sentence?”  This game pairs perfectly with our Is This Sentence Correct worksheet .

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Dictation Sentences for Kindergarten

Between the middle and end of the school year, I added weekly spelling tests.  These were not used as part of their grade, but instead as a way to work on sight words and word families that we were learning.  There were 5 words on each quiz and 1 dictated sentence that included a few of the words on the test.  After calling out the words on the test, I would tell the students the sentence.  We counted the words together.  Then they wrote the sentence.  For example, if the words were mug, rug, slug, bug, tug ; the sentence would be: The slug is in the mug on the rug.   This is another good time to remind students that sentences begin with capital letters and end with end marks. 

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Unscramble Sentences for Kindergarten

Unscrambling sentences can be tricky for students still learning about sentences, so this is something we did towards the end of the year.  I demonstrated how to unscramble a sentence a few times, so my kids understood how to do this.  Then I gave them 3 or 4 word simple sentences to try on their own.  Students loved this activity, but it is important to model this and watch for students who have a hard time figuring this skill out.  You can easily create a scrambled sentence on your white board for your students to unscramble.  Or check out our Unscramble the Sentence worksheets .

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Reading Simple Sentences for Kindergarten

These sight word sentences for kindergarten reinforce one to one correspondence.  They are great during small group instruction.  The dots under each word aid in pointing, as the student reads.

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Fix the Sentence Worksheets

My students loved fixing sentences.  I often wrote sentences on the board with a few mistakes and had students help to make the sentence correct.  Towards the end of the year, and after doing this activity together on the board, students worked on Fix the Sentence Worksheets . 

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Sentence Checklist

This sentence checklist is great any time your students are writing sentences.  I put a copy of the sentence checklist in my students’ writing folders, and they would take these out after they finished a writing project to check their sentences.  The checklists were laminated, so students could add a check mark with a crayon or dry erase marker after making sure their sentences followed the checklist.  You’ll also notice the checklist on some of our worksheets as a helpful reminder when working on sentences.  A few students pick these things up quickly, but most students need lots of reminders to add an end mark, use spaces…

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Sentences for Kindergarten Worksheets

Our sentence worksheets can be very helpful when teaching your kids about sentences.  Get them by clicking on the link above or visit our Tpt store, 4 Kinder Teachers . 

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The more opportunities students get with sentences, the more they will understand them and be able to read and write sentences.  Sprinkle sentence lessons throughout your day, and watch the students grow and grow!  If you are doing any of these activities, or ones that I don’t have here, I’d love to hear about it!  Tell me which activities you try and how it worked with your students! 

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Kindergarten Sentence Writing - simple sentences writing and sentences worksheets for kindergarten

Kindergarten Sentence Writing - simple sentences writing and sentences worksheets for kindergarten

How do we teach young students to write?! This is one of the most COMMON questions that I get asked — and it’s a doozy! Whilst there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching kindergarten students how to write basic complete sentences, there are definitely lots of different strategies that I’ve picked up over the years which I’ve found are super helpful in supporting beginning writers as they learn this fundamental building block!

This blog post will outline the natural progression of early writing, along with teaching tips for each of the phases, so that you know which key writing skills to include in your direct instruction sessions with your whole class. Keep reading for a range of kindergarten writing worksheets and sentence starters that will help to cater to the varied needs of your students as they build their early writing skills and become independent writers. 

Level 1: Scribbles

Young children write using scribbles or nonsense symbols. They may insert or copy some letters, but the sentence is essentially unreadable. They might also put a full stop (period) after every word. 

Level 2: Needs full support to copy

Students dictate their own sentences (or sentence fragments) for the teacher to scribe and cut up. Students sort the group of words and put them in the correct order (this may require teacher assistance) and then copy. There may be limited spaces between words and/or letter reversals. 

Some teaching tips for this phase includes:

  • If a child is still struggling to copy the words written for them, you may also need to write the complete sentence for them to trace.
  • Use a spacer or finger as a physical scaffold to ensure spaces between all the words. 
  • Over-exaggerate the spaces between words when re-assembling pieces of the sentences.

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  • Write the sentence starter on one piece of paper and have multiple ending options that the child can substitute in to create different sentences.   E.g. Look at the dog. Look at the cat. Look at the frog.   You could also draw pictures above the words as an additional scaffold. 

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  • Alternatively, you might like to use my Kindergarten Writing Station - this is a great addition to your literacy centers and contains a range of kindergarten writing prompts and word cards, ensuring that students are never short of writing ideas!

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These sentence writing worksheets are perfect for supporting early writers in building sentences with simple words.

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These sentence building worksheets contain sentences with common high frequency words, as they are a cut and paste activity, they are also a fun way to build fine motor skills at the same time.

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I recommend modelling as a whole class before students complete the task independently.

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You could also use these sentence worksheets as additional practice pages in your literacy rotations or as a writing center activity. 

Level 3: Magic 'squiggle' writing and some known sounds

Students attempt to copy sentence starters and write some common high-frequency or sight words. They attempt to sound out some words or write the first sound that they can hear, and use squiggles or ‘magic writing’ for the rest (where they use squiggles for the parts of the word that they cannot sound out).

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Spaces may or may not be apparent between some or all words. Students will often need a reminder to remember capital letters and full stops. 

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  • Model NON-examples to students and discuss where you should have put the spaces. 

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  • Encourage students to begin writing at least the first sound of each word. This will assist you and them in being able to decipher what it says! 
  • Explicitly teach and practise using magic writing for words and sentences. These examples below are from my Beginning Sentences PowerPoint Slides.

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  • Remind kids to only using capitals at the start of a sentence. 
  • Provide extra practice of correct letter formation, focusing on lowercase letters that students are reversing or struggling to form. For some letters, this may be why they are reverting to using capital letters instead.
  • Another idea can be to count out gems or counters and place where each word will go. This can also help with spaces!

Level 4: Simple sentences with a combination of sounds and scribbles

Students have a basic understanding of correct sentence structure. They copy sentence starters and write some common high-frequency words. They attempt to sound out words, but may flip or muddle some sounds or rely on ‘magic’ writing for some words. This is where they use squiggles for the parts of the word that they cannot sound out. They may also forget to include some words or include stray capitals (see bottom example). They remember some capital letters and full stops.

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  • Talk about your sentence before you write it. Count the number of words. You might want to review the tricky words that will be included. Discuss a goal for the sentence before writing it e.g. Today we are going to try and remember spaces between all of our words, or today I’d like you to remember a full stop at the end. You might like to have individual writing goals for students to tick off.

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  • Continue to reinforce spaces between words- use a physical spacer if needed or model non examples.

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  • Encourage students to only rely on magic squiggle writing for words they are really unsure of- we want to wean them off relying on this strategy and encourage them to have a go at words by writing the sounds that they can hear. 
  • Have taught sounds and high-frequency words visible for students to refer to.
  • Practise common high-frequency words which students are making spelling errors with – map the sounds, and identify the tricky part of the word that we have to know by heart (e.g. is, the, was, are). 
  • Continue to reinforce the correct use of capital letters and letter formation. 
  • Model, model, model - as seen below using my Recount Writing PowerPoint Slides.

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Level 5: Simple sentences

Students are able to independently attempt full meaningful sentences about a simple subject without relying on a sentence starter or squiggles/magic writing. However, when writing sentences, they will stick to known high-frequency words and simple decodable words which they are able to sound out themselves. They sometimes remember spaces between words, capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end, but this can be inconsistent or require reminders. There may still be stray capitals in some words. 

  • Verbalise the sentence before you write it and discuss a goal for the sentence before writing it. E.g. Today I’d like you to remember a capital letter at the start of your sentence. 
  • Encourage students to begin to attempt words that they may not know how to spell- DO NOT feel that you need to correct all of their spelling if they make errors when sounding out words. We want them to have the confidence to have a go!
  • Rank spaces between words using a smiley face. Smile for all spaces, straight mouth for some spaces and frown for no spaces. 
  • Whether or not their sentence is a complete thought and makes sense - this is an important foundational skill and can be modelled through non-examples such as   ‘the cat was’   or   ‘I went zoo’.
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  • If a student is struggling with spaces, verbalise the sentence and count out the words. Draw lines for each word. Ask the student to point to each line and say the word that they will write. You may need to continue to remind them as they then attempt the sentence. 

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  • Model errors and how to correct them.

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  • Build decoding skills and sentence skills by writing decodable silly sentences .

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Level 6: Independent longer sentences with attempts at trickier words

Students are able to independently attempt a full sentence. They attempt to sound out increasingly tricky words and write the sounds that they can hear. They may include letter patterns that they have seen in other words (e.g. ‘or’ in saw). They sometimes forget capitals, spaces or full stops. They may sometimes revert back to squiggle/magic writing rather than attempting to sound out a word themselves and there may still be some stray capitals or reversals. 

  • Students collect a pom pom or counter at the end of each sentence and place that where their full stop should be.
  • Place a gold star or sticker at the end of each full stop that they have remembered. 

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  • Encourage students to write more than one sentence, and to try and include a simple describing word. You could add in checking for a wow word/describing word with the sentence checklist. 
  • Continue to correct stray capitals and practise letters that students are consistently reversing or struggling to form. 

The next steps

To learn more about 'where to next', download my free Kindergarten Writing guide. This includes the next steps for Kindergarten and first grade students, where students include different parts of speech and explore using different punctuation marks e.g. exclamation mark or question mark. Students may begin writing short paragraphs in their creative writing, and write different types types of sentences e.g. compound sentences, complex sentences.

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Intervention

Teaching sentences & sentence structure in kindergarten.

You’ve focused so hard on teaching your students letter sounds and letter names. They are writing letters and working on sounding out words using inventive spelling. But wait, how do you teach them sentence structure too? There’s just too many things to focus on! There’s a lot involved in writing , but you can tackle teaching sentences for kindergarten.

Teaching Sentences is Developmentally Appropriate!

It’s totally normal for students to struggle differentiating the difference in letters, words, and sentences. Many students come in to kindergarten without any type of pre academic skills and you have to teach them those basics before you can even begin working towards the kindergarten standards. While you know you want to tackle teaching sentences and teaching sentence structure, remember how far your students have already come!

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How to get from Teaching Letters to Teaching Sentences?

Your students know how to write individual letters and are getting more confident putting their thoughts down on paper. Now you probably have students all over the place in the understanding of writing process.

Some are still running all of their letters together, not understanding the difference between letters and words. Others may be writing random words instead of focusing on writing complete thoughts, not understanding the difference in words or phrases and sentences. You probably also have some that are so close but are missing those little linking words like “is” to finish their complete sentence. With time, modeling, and some fun hands on practice, your students will understand how to write a sentence soon!

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Teaching Sentences for Kindergarten with Pocket Charts

Pocket chart activities are one of my favorite things to include in my reading and writing routine! I love using my magnetic pocket chart to show things on the whiteboard and then table top pocket charts for students to use during centers or even carry to their seat to help them with their individual writing.

Model Sentences

When I use pocket chart sentences I start off by modeling the sentences whole group. We talk about how we know some words should be at the beginning because they have capital letters and how others should be at the end because they have punctuation. We also discuss how each word is on its own card. This is easy for students to understand that the letters on that card make a word and that each word goes together to make a sentence. It’s a helpful strategy for my students that are still having difficulty discriminating between words, letters, and sentences.

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Reading Sentences

After we discuss what makes these sentences complete sentences I will read them together with the class. Then I will take out some of the small words such as in the sentence “Rabbits are furry” I would take out the word “are” and read “Rabbits furry.” We would then discuss if that was a complete sentence and why the little linking word is important to make the sentence complete. I like to read the incomplete sentences like a robot and talk about how we don’t want to write like robots.

Building Sentences

Then I pass out the word cards to my students and we practice building the sentences again as a class. We build each sentence one at a time, read it, and then move on to the next. This will then become a center for them. In the center they can build the sentence, read it to make sure it makes sense, and then copy the sentence in their writing journal. The individual word cards are a nice prompt to remind students to leave spaces between their words!

Writing Sentences

Students who are at a higher stage of the writing process can use these model sentences as sentence starters and write their own similar sentences on the same topic. I also include different levels of sentences such as simple “I see” and “I like”, more difficult informational and descriptive sentences , and a longer challenge sentence. My students love seeing our new weekly sentences when we get our new vocabulary for the week!

Pocket chart featuring 2 simple sentences about the plant life cycle.

Writing Sentences Takeaways

Teaching sentence structure is probably one of the hardest things in kindergarten. There is so much to focus on and help them master during the year. However with patience, time, and lots of modeling, you can be teaching sentences for kindergarten confidently and successfully!

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Grab these 8 pocket chart sentences to use in your classroom. Model during your morning meeting or writing lesson. Read the sentences with your class and have fun watching them unscramble and build them correctly. Challenge students by having them copy the sentences and then create their own depending on their currently abilities. Have fun teaching sentences for kindergarten and integrating science with these mixed up sentences focusing on the plant life cycle!

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10 Tricks for Teaching Writing in Kindergarten

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10 Tricks for Teaching Kindergarten Writing

When telling people that I teach kindergarten, I often am asked, “How do you do it?” Now, imagine teaching five year olds how to write entire paragraphs. Yes, we are superheroes with the powers of patience, perseverance and the ability to bend at the waist for long periods of time. Here are the best kindergarten writing tips that I have gathered over the years.

1. Teach letter formation in context

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Kill two birds with one stone. Kindergarten students need to be taught how to form their letters. This can be done within the context of writing a sentence. Often, when students practice writing letters in isolation, they have trouble transferring handwriting skills to sentence writing. Teach capitalization, spacing and end punctuation while demonstrating proper letter formation.

2. Practice consistently

Have your students engage in meaningful writing from day one. Kids learn to talk by talking, and we know kindergartners have mastered that skill. They learn to write by writing even if it is a large string of letters at first or even scribbling. They have to start somewhere. We give them the tools to develop into confident writers by allowing them the time to write and draw every day.

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3. Sight words, sight words, sight words

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Students need to know how to read and spell several anchor sight words in order to build confidence with sentence writing. I use a word wall, songs and chants to teach students to spell sight words. For example, I sing the word like to the tune of “It’s a Small Word.” L-I-K-E, that spells like. L-I-K-E that spells like…. . Once they are armed with an arsenal of words that are essential to the structure of a sentence, they are well on their way to success.

4. Encourage invented spelling

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Invented spelling refers to stretching out words and writing them exactly as they are heard by a beginning writer. If students become hung up on spelling words correctly, creativity and continuity suffers. Students will only want to write very simple sentences. Kindergarten teachers double as detectives easily decoding sentences such as “I lik pesu and is kem (pizza and ice cream).”

[Check out our article on why invented spelling is so important. ]

5. Do mini lessons

Kindergarteners have the attention span of a fruit fly. This is why right before journal writing time, I teach them one quick skill. Mini lessons are great for teaching narrative, opinion writing, how to compose a topic sentence, and various stages of the writing process.

6. Try interactive writing

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Morning message or class news is a good example of interactive writing. This refers to the teacher and student sharing the pen. One student gives the teacher news, and students are called up to the white board to help sound out words and place appropriate punctuation.

7. Choose meaningful topics

Kindergarteners love themselves, their family and their friends. Let them write about the topics they choose in their journals. Sentence starters confuse kindergarten students. If they write about the same thing for a while, it is ok. It is much like reading the same book over and over again. They are building confidence

8. Write across the curriculum

Reading and writing go hand in hand. Students can write their favorite part of a story or compose a letter to a character. Reading informational text and drawing and labeling a picture are a great ways to combine science and social studies research with writing.

9. Remember that punctuation is tough

Kindergarten students often will put periods at the end of each word or line. Teaching kindergarteners the concept of a complete thought is difficult because their thoughts go on and on and on and on. I teach the students that if their writing answers the question, “Guess what?”, it needs a period.

10. Share, share, share

Give students the opportunity to share their writing with their peers. The more opportunities kindergarteners are given to express themselves, the less likely they will be to shout out in the middle of the math lesson that they have a wiggly tooth or Uncle Joey is visiting.

Kindergarten writing is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the strange spellings, humorous thoughts and the innocent excitement that will lead to young students becoming life-long writers.

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How Can Kindergarten Sentence Structure Unlock the Power of Writing?

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I’ve got something exciting to share with you today that I think will be incredibly helpful for your primary class. You know how important it is for young students to develop strong writing skills, right? Well, I’ve stumbled upon a game-changing concept that can truly unlock the power of writing in those little minds: organizing writing in kindergarten! It might sound simple, but trust me, it’s a game-changer.

By helping students learn how to organize their writing effectively, we can set them up for success and unleash their creativity. So, let’s dive into this topic together and discover how we can nurture confident and expressive young writers by teaching them the art of organizing their writing in kindergarten. Get ready to witness this incredible transformation!

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Understanding Kindergarten Sentence Structure

When it comes to understanding kindergarten sentence structure, it’s essential to start with the basic elements of a sentence. These building blocks lay the foundation for clear and coherent communication. As our kindergarteners progress in their writing journey, it’s crucial to introduce them to different sentence types. I like to start with punctuation being taught to describe the types of sentences we may see as we write in kindergarten. I introduce a period first. It’s the easiest to learn. Next, a question mark is introduced. Last, we explore what an exclamation mark is.

Capitalization and punctuation may seem like small details, but they play a significant role in enhancing the clarity and readability of kindergarten writing. Emphasizing the importance of capitalizing the first letter of a sentence and using end punctuation marks helps students understand the significance of these conventions.

Through engaging activities and examples, we can demonstrate how capitalization and punctuation aid in conveying meaning and organizing ideas. By instilling good habits early on, we empower our young writers to create well-structured and polished sentences that captivate their readers.

Spacing is also important in our sentence structure. We use the term finger spaces in our classroom, but I know there are many other ways to describe this. Normally, the paper that we write on allows for enough spacing between each word to place our fingers. We also use a crayon or pencil between each word to give room for our space.

We check it with our fingers when we are done. This helps them to visually see if they have enough room between each word. If I can’t see a space or if the words are too close together, I read it all together when I read. They can hear how funny it sounds and then “see” why we need spaces.

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Strategies for Teaching Kindergarten Sentence Structure

To effectively teach kindergarten sentence structure, it’s beneficial to employ visual aids and manipulatives. These tangible resources help students engage in hands-on learning and provide a concrete representation of sentence components. Utilize flashcards, sentence puzzles, or word cards that students can physically manipulate to construct sentences.

One classroom favorite that I use is a writing clip chart. It contains the writing process. I hang it in the room just like a normal clip chart. Students place their names on the stage of writing that they are currently in. We start on the rug and they each have to tell me what they will be writing about before they place their name on the chart. If they are finishing a writing piece from another day, they just grab their writing folder and get started. It has helped with having students get unstuck during their writing process.

Checklists are another go-to in our classroom. A large majority of our writing paper contains checklists. For new writers, this visual helps them remember to check their sentence structure. They can look at the checklist to see if they added a capital letter at the beginning of their sentence. Did they put finger spaces between each word? Does their sentence have punctuation at the end? The checklist also includes a spot to check their illustration. Does it have a setting? And does it have characters? Once I started using this checklist, my students were more confident when writing.

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Engaging students through interactive games and activities is another fantastic strategy for teaching kindergarten sentence structure. Incorporate games like sentence scavenger hunts, where students search for specific sentence types or components within their classroom environment. Play sentence-building games where students take turns adding words to create a collaborative sentence. By infusing fun and excitement into the learning process, we foster a positive attitude towards sentence structure and keep our students actively involved.

Providing ample sentence-building exercises and practice opportunities is crucial for students to reinforce their understanding of sentence structure. Offer worksheets or writing prompts that encourage students to construct sentences using different subjects, verbs, and objects. Create sentence-building centers with various word cards, sentence starters, and picture cues for students to independently explore and practice.

By consistently providing opportunities for application and practice, we empower our kindergarteners to develop confidence and fluency in constructing well-formed sentences. Remember, by utilizing visual aids, incorporating interactive activities, and providing ample practice opportunities, we can effectively teach kindergarten sentence structure and equip our students with a strong foundation in writing skills.

Minilessons that Focus on Sentence Structure

During a normal day in kindergarten, my students have multiple opportunities to write. During reading centers, they have the option to choose writing. This is free writing. They can make lists, write a story, create a book, or write whatever they want. This option also includes various papers. During writing workshop, we have a more structured writing time. We begin each lesson with a minilesson.

Writing minilessons are very important to help students see what they should be doing. If we do not teach students each step in the writing process, they may begin habits that will be hard to break. This can include holding a pencil, writing from top to bottom and from left to right. I teach all about sentence structure during these minilessons as well. It’s a quick 5-10 minute lesson on something the majority of the class has not mastered or a topic I just have not taught as of yet.

The minilessons give me plans on what to expect of my students. Once I see a child not grasping something that I’ve taught during a minilesson, I can either have another minilesson for the whole class or I can pull a small group during writing workshop and work with them on that particular issue. This helps my students to have a goal when writing. With their checklists on their paper, clip chart to help them focus on what they should be doing, and minilessons to help them learn new tools and strategies, it’s a win-win method.

Cultivating a Positive Writing Environment

One crucial aspect of fostering a positive writing environment is to celebrate and showcase students’ writing achievements. Whether it’s through bulletin boards displaying their creative stories or special writing showcases, it’s essential to recognize and highlight their efforts. By publicly acknowledging their accomplishments, we instill a sense of pride and motivation, encouraging students to continue developing their writing skills with enthusiasm.

We have a share time each day. I have a schedule posted in our classroom with each child’s name under a day of the week. If it is their day to share, they can share if they want to. If they do not want to share or do not have anything to share, they can pass. Students use our karaoke mic to read what they wrote.

I also turn on my document camera for them to place their writing paper or writing journal under the camera so they class can see the details in their writing and their illustrations. This usually takes 5 minutes or less for a few students to share each day. It is WORTH it! The mic is an extra incentive to encourage them to share their writing. They love being able to use the microphone and I get to hear their voices nice and loud.

You can grab the writing center here . It includes a writing process clip chart, writing folder and the papers with checklists. Rather get it on TPT? Get it on TPT here .

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October 22, 2020

by: Valerie Zaryczny

So, your student can write letters and is developing early literacy skills to read high-frequency words and sound out some new words. What comes next? Sentence writing, of course! 

How exciting it is when children move from being able to express their ideas only by drawing pictures to writing sentences that everyone can read! Before we can help children learn to write a sentence, we first need to teach them what a sentence is! Then we need effective teaching strategies and good materials to make teaching and learning sentences fun.

What is a Sentence?

A sentence:

  • is a group of words that expresses a complete thought that can stand alone (also called an independent clause)
  • starts with a capital letter
  • has spaces between each word
  • ends with punctuation (period, question mark, or exclamation point)
  • contains a subject (someone or something) and a predicate (what the someone or something is being or doing)

There are three main types of sentence structures:

  • Ex: The dog wags her tail.
  • Ex: I open the door, and the dog wags her tail.
  • Ex: The dog wags her tail when I get home

How to Teach Sentence Structure

Want your students to have success with writing sentences? The formula is simple!

Active Teaching + Good Materials = Writing Success.

Let’s first look at Active Teaching.

Three Instructional Stages for Teaching Successfully

There is an important, three-step process that sets children up for success when learning. This process can not only be used when teaching sentence structure but also for handwriting instruction and so many other skills!

  • The first stage is  Direct Instruction.  During this stage, you directly instruct by actively demonstrating how to write a sentence. To get all eyes on you as you demonstrate, say, “My Turn! Watch me write the sentence.” Explain the important concepts as you write such as capitalization, spacing, and punctuation. Then say, “Your Turn,” indicating it’s their turn to imitate you in their workbook, worksheet, or lined paper. This step assures students are watching and learning how to write correctly, which is a foundation piece for good habits.
  • The next stage is Guided Practice.  This requires that teachers guide students to their workbook or worksheet where they copy sentences from a model. While students write, teachers should walk around and closely monitor and guide their students. Resist the temptation to let workbook and worksheet practice be independent work as they can copy incorrectly and reinforce bad habits. Students need direct instruction prior to and continued guidance during this stage so they practice correctly.
  • The final stage is  Independent Practice.  This happens when children write sentences on their own without a visual model, and it is an important part of your lesson to help students develop independence with writing sentences. Provide lined paper or journals for this stage.

Make Teaching Sentences Fun!

Research tells us that multisensory teaching is the best way to teach children so that we appeal to each child’s learning style. It’s also part of active teaching! Add one or more of these multisensory ideas to your sentence structure lessons to get children excited and engaged in the lesson!

Sentence School

Sentence School is a kindergarten level program offered from Learning Without Tears designed to reinforce good handwriting habits as you teach students to form sentences and become confident writers. It works alongside any language arts program and takes only 10-15 minutes per day. Daily lessons in the included teacher's guide promote vocabulary and sentence skills with word cards and common classroom objects. Each lesson plan includes an active, hands-on activity to help children learn the words and formulate sentences with what they see and experience in the activity.

Mixed-Up Sentences

Write the subject on one popsicle stick and the predicate on another for several sentences. Talk with your students about the two parts of a sentence and then let them mix them up to make silly mixed-up sentences!

Sentence Song

The Sentence Song is on the Rock, Rap, Tap, and Learn Music album from LWT. It is sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle" and helps children learn about capitalization, spacing between words, and punctuation in a fun way!

Spacing Strategies

One of the challenges children face when starting to write sentences is spacing! We don’t use spaces when we speak, so the concept of spacing isn’t natural for children. There are many creative ways to help children learn to space their words. Here are a few:

  • Nothing Bottle: What is a space? It’s “nothing,” right? Take a large, empty plastic bottle or pitcher, and write the word “nothing” across it. Before writing time, ask students to hold out their hands and pour some “nothing” into them. Instruct them to use a little “nothing” after every word as they write!
  • Sick Sentence Clinic: Write a sentence on the board or with the A+ Worksheet Maker without any spaces between the words. Discuss with students why that sentence is difficult to read and explain that it is a “sick sentence”. Tell them they are going to be “sentence doctors” and make that sentence healthy again! Give them lined paper to re-write the sentence with good spacing.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs: Explain that there should be no more than a spaghetti-sized space between letters inside words, and we need a meatball-sized space between words! Give students a large cotton ball and a piece of string to use as their “spaghetti and meatball” to measure spaces as they write.

What Else Do You Need to Help Children Write Sentences Effectively?

You need Good Materials! Teachers need good materials to demonstrate sentences and students need well-designed materials to practice on. The products below will promote success for you as a teacher and for your students as they are developing their writing skills.

For Teachers

  • Worksheet Maker Lite: This free and easy-to-use resource lets you create worksheets for students using the LWT double lines. There are worksheet templates for grades K-4 in both print and cursive with grade-appropriate lines and spacing. Templates include spelling, vocabulary, sentence writing, and graphic organizers.
  • Double Line Writer: To help with demonstrating sentences on your board, insert two markers in the holes of this handy tool to easily draw straight double lines on chalkboards or dry erase boards.
  • Double Line Sentence Strips: These 24”x3” strips are great for modeling sentences and come in a pack of 100. You might want to keep one on your bulletin board with a sample sentence as an example for students to reference!
  • Double Line Chart Tablet: These 24”x32” tablets can be used with your easel to demonstrate sentences for students.

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For Students

  • Grade Level Handwriting Workbook : Handwriting Without Tears workbooks teach letters and numbers and include page after page of writing activities to practice sentence writing and handwriting skills.
  • Building Writers: This program includes grade-level workbooks for grades K-5 for children to practice and build core writing skills. It offers a scaffolded approach to develop proficiency with writing narrative, information, and opinion pieces.
  • Curious about double lines and why they work? Double lines control children’s letter size, spacing, and placement, which promotes legible writing that is easily transferred to other styles of paper. Watch this video to learn more:

  • Big Sheet Draw & Write Paper: These 11”x17” sheets are perfect for students to have space for drawing and writing sentences about their drawing! They come in a pack of 100 double-sided sheets.
  • Writing Journal: The LWT grade-level journals provide grade-appropriate double lines for students to use during independent writing time.
  • Keyboarding Without Tears: Sentence writing doesn’t just happen on paper! Now more than ever it is crucial that elementary students practice composing sentences and paragraphs in digital form. The KWT curriculum includes fun, grade-appropriate lessons for children to develop automatic keyboarding skills.

Don’t forget about assessment! We need a way to assess children’s writing skills and track progress. The LWT Screener of Handwriting Proficiency is a free, easy-to-administer, whole class assessment that helps educators and specialists assess critical and measurable skills that children need for success including the sentence components of capitalization, spacing, and punctuation.

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Sentence Writing is Fun with Learning Without Tears!

With these teaching tips and good materials, you can help children achieve sentence writing success! Don’t forget that handwriting is a foundational skill that should be taught prior to and alongside sentence structure! For more information about the products mentioned above and more ways to support children learning handwriting skills, explore LWTears.com .

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I’m sure you already know this but… writing sentences in Kindergarten is hard !

We need all of the practice we can get making and writing simple sentences.

I started search for sentence building and writing centers and activities for my students, but I couldn’t find any that were “just right” for my kindergarteners.

Then the idea for this freebie was born!

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Kindergarten Making Sentences Center

Your students will LOVE building and writing simple sentences with this free Kindergarten making sentences activity.

Why should we teach students how to build a sentence?

Have you ever gotten to independent writing time in your writing workshop and had a students just sit there? When you ask them what’s wrong, they reply, “I just don’t know what to write!”

While sometimes that is true, often our Kindergarten students know what they want to write about, they just don’t know how to write it. Making words into a sentence might seem simple to us, but it’s a complex skill for our beginning writers!

The more practice students get with building simple sentences, the easier it will be to be able to come up with and write their own sentences.

Activities like this free sentence building center are perfect for allowing students to practice writing sentences in a stress-free way.

Kindergarten Sentence Building Center

I knew when I began creating this free Kindergarten sentence building and writing center that it couldn’t be too complicated.

It needed to be simple enough that all students could use it, but also interactive enough to keep every student engaged. That’s a tall order!

This Kindergarten sentence building activity only asks students to combine two parts of a sentence – the naming part and the telling part. They can create a realistic sentence or a silly sentence. The possibilities are endless!

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Then, it becomes a sentence writing activity when your kindergarten students rewrite the sentence and illustrate it. This is their favorite part!

How to use this center activity

One of the best parts about this Kindergarten sentence building and writing center is that it can be as low maintenance as you want it to be.

First, print the parts of a sentence cards. I suggest printing the naming part on one color paper, and the telling part on a different color paper.

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This just helps your kindergarten students know that they’re building the sentences correctly; especially when they are just starting out.

Your kindergarten students will start out by choosing a naming part for their sentence. In this free center activity, the naming cards include a variety of animals.

Then, they will choose a telling part, or action, for their animal to do.

Watch out, because giggles will erupt pretty quickly once they get going building and writing sentences! Nothing is funnier to a kindergartener than a dog dunking a basketball!

Students will glue these cards at the top of their paper.

Writing simple sentences

Next, your kindergarten students will get to practice writing their simple sentences.

Students will rewrite the sentence they made on the lines (a few different options for writing lines are included).

Then, they will get to illustrate their sentence.

free kindergarten sentence building and writing center - example page showing "The bat can sleep"

This is my kindergarteners’ favorite part!

How are teachers using this center activity?

You may be wondering how you can best use this freebie in your classroom. Teachers in our free teacher Facebook group shared some of the ways that they used this free Kindergarten sentence building and writing center activity:

  • Use together in small groups
  • Add to your writing center
  • As a morning tub activity
  • In your literacy center baskets
  • Send home for more practice

The possibilities are truly endless!

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Sentence- writing activities for kindergarten and first grade.

When we teach reading, we don’t expect our students to pick up a book and read, without explicitly teaching them everything from print concepts to decoding and comprehension strategies. 

So why don’t we do this with writing instruction?

In many classrooms, students are expected to just write sentences- or even stories- with very minimal instruction on what a sentence even is! The idea is that grammar, sentence structure, and revision will be taught in the context of their stories.

Yes, I know that teaching grammar and revision in context is important.

But, I also know that kids need A LOT of practice with writing sentences, or else their stories don’t make sense. Or, they need so much revision that it’s overwhelming! 

Before kids can write stories, they need to learn how to write a sentence. Before writing sentences, they need to know what a sentence even is. 

So, we did a lot of sentence-writing activities in my classroom, starting with oral sentences. And I want to share some of these ideas with you!

I also have a done-for-you Sentence-Writing Unit for Kindergarten .

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Sentence-Writing Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade

Oral sentences using sentence stems/ frames.

Write a sentence starter on the board and ask students to say a complete sentence with it. Have them turn to partners to tell them their sentence to make sure everyone gets a chance. Start with easy ones, e.g. “I like to…” and “My name is…” Write some of them down and discuss that each starts with a capital, ends with a punctuation mark, and has spaces between the words. 

You could also integrate this practice during your morning meetings as a sharing activity.

Count Words

Sentences are made up of words but some kids confuse words with syllables, so counting words in an oral sentence helps them understand the difference when the sentence includes multi-syllabic words. Counting words in a written sentence emphasizes spacing.

Describe the Picture

Display any picture on your whiteboard. Invite students to tell you something about the picture and write the sentences down, thinking aloud as you do so to point out starting with a capital, leaving spaces, using punctuation, and rereading. Have them read your sentences.

Place magazine pictures at your writing center for kids to write sentences about! The sillier the picture, the better. Read this post for ideas and activities for teaching your students to write sentences in kindergarten and first grade.

* Advanced Extension – Place numbered magazine pictures at a center and have students write the number of the picture they chose and write a sentence for it. Share by asking kids to read the sentences for picture number 1, 2, etc.

Building Sentences

I like to use “Who, Doing What, and Where” cards for this. I start with just the “Who” and “Doing What” cards to help kids see that a sentence must include a subject and verb. Once they build sentences with these 2 parts, I introduce the “Where” cards and talk about adding details to provide more information and make our sentences fabulous .

This is great for oral sentences the first couple of times you work with the cards. Then, have kids pick cards and take them to their seats to write and illustrate a sentence.

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We loved using this as a writing center, an d the pack has multiple themes for use throughout the year.

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It also has a digital version you can use on your interactive whiteboard, digital center, or virtual learning.

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* Advanced Extension – Challenge students to add even more details to answer When , and How . I added cards for these as well in the Sentence-Building resource.

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Also, teach advanced students to start with different parts. Instead of always starting with the Who , they can start with the Where . For example, “The dog eats a bone at the park,” they might write, “At the park, a dog eats a bone.”

Mix and Fix Sentences

Write a sentence on a sentence strip, then cut the words apart and place the cards in the wrong order on a pocket chart. Have kids rearrange the cards to build the sentence correctly. It’s a great opportunity to discuss clues like capitalization and punctuation.

Sorting Sentences and Phrases

I love using sorts. They are such a great way to address misconceptions! All you have to do is write some sentences and non-sentences (phrases) on sentence strips and sort them on a pocket chart. Discuss why each one is or isn’t a sentence.

One way to help your students learn how to write complete sentences is by sorting sentences and phrases. Talk about why they land in each category and challenge students to turn the phrases into complete sentences! Read this post for more sentence-writing activities for your kindergarten or first-grade classroom.

* Extension – Challenge students to turn the non-sentences into complete sentences!

What’s Missing?

Write sentences on sentence strips, but omit a word so that it doesn’t make sense. Ask students where it needs a word and model using a carat mark to add it. This will help them later when revising their own writing. 

Daily Shared/ Interactive Writing

I usually had a morning message ready for my students, but at the end of the day, we often wrote one together about something that happened or that we learned that day. We usually wrote it together, going through the stages of planning, drafting, revising, and editing.

First, we brainstormed ideas and chose one. We said our sentence a few times, wrote it together (sounding out and using our spelling strategies ), then reread it and then revised to make it even better, by adding details, changing words, etc.

This is a great time to quickly teach a revision strategy! Sometimes, I intentionally made a mistake so that we could fix it during the editing stage. Save these and you will see how much better they get throughout the year!

Find the TWO sentences

Have you ever asked a student to go back and edit their writing for punctuation? Often, they’ll come back with periods in the wrong places, usually at the end of each line! It’s overwhelming to find where each sentence begins and ends once students have written their entire story. It’s much easier if they only have 2 sentences. All you have to do is write ONLY 2 sentences on the board and omit the punctuation. Ask students to find where the first sentence ends, then add punctuation for both. 

I have an activity like this in my Pocket Dice Cards for Writing. Students roll the die because, well, everything is more fun with dice, then rewrite the 2 sentences with the correct punctuation.

Students often have a hard time knowing where punctuation goes. Where does that sentence end and the new one begin? When they try to add sentences to their finished writing, it can be overwhelming. Try just 2 sentences at a time until they learn to identify complete sentences! These pocket dice make it fun and easy for students to practice sentences in kindergarten and first grade.

Add Movement!  

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I just love to make kids move! Movement is a catalyst for learning and I try to incorporate it every chance I get! Teaching sentences is no exception. We stand for capitals, stomp for periods, shrug our shoulders for question marks, and do jazz hands for exclamation points when editing sentences together.

DONE-FOR-YOU Writing Unit

If you’d love your lessons and materials already laid out for you, check out my Kindergarten Writing Unit 2: Writing Sentences . It has 20 lessons to teach sentence skills explicitly while working on a narrative story.

Kids need LOTS of writing practice at the sentence level, especially in kindergarten! This unit explicitly teaches sentence skills like spacing, capitalization, punctuation, structure, and more- all in the context of writing a narrative text.

Wrapping It Up

I hope these tips were helpful to you! I know often we can’t help the curriculum we are given, but if your students are struggling with writing and your curriculum is going too fast, pause if you’re able to and take some time to teach the basics. It will go a long way!

Reply and let me know if you’ll try any of these! Do you have any favorite sentence-writing activities?

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November 3, 2021 at 9:45 am

Hi Vera! Let me know which activities you decide to try and how they go. I’d love to hear! Brenda

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November 2, 2021 at 7:38 am

I love the motion ideas for the different punctuation!! Movement is huge for engagement and understanding/retention of new concepts. Thank you so much!

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Hi Heidi, You are so welcome! You’re absolutely right, which is why I love incorporating movement and song whenever I can. Plus, it’s fun! 🙂 Brenda

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Let’s talk writing! Hey friends! I wanted to take a moment (or a few moments) of your time today to visit about all things WRITING! Writing has always been one of my favorite subjects to teach but for sure not the easiest! I mean when you start the year there is SO MUCH to learn… what a pencil is, how to hold a pencil, how to write with a pencil, what to write, how to stretch words, how to put words into sentences and it goes on from there! Sometimes teaching writing can be intimidating because there are SO many varying opinions. Should you give them a starter? Should you give them a sentence frame? Should they spell words phonetically. Should YOU spell words phonetically when modeling stories and so on!

I finally realized that there is not ONE way to teach writing and if someone tells you that there is only ONE way to do it… then you smile, nod and close your door. All of our students will start at different levels and need different instruction. That brings me to writing instruction and curriculum. There are of course many different writing programs! I was first given the writing lessons from my “big box” curriculum. The top of the lessons started with ALL YEAR, “Students will draw a picture to tell their story. You can dictate the story for them after.” REALLY? I mean yes there will be some kids that start lower and some that still might not get to sentences by the end of kindergarten. However, I’m going to assume that first grade teachers won’t be real happy with me if I only EXPECT my kiddos to color pictures for writing throughout the entire year. That brings me to the opposite end of writing curriculum *cough I’ve shared this program on my own blog before.* I liked this program and it had/has REALLY good parts. The problem is goes TOO fast and leaves out the majority of my students. Sure the program says that the teacher will scaffold by modeling but if the program is too tough for the majority of my class then that means the majority is not receiving the instruction they so deserve.

My first couple of years in the classroom I was constantly changing my kindergarten writing approach due to the above mentioned lack luster big box writing program.  One day I would give them a sentence starter.  The next day I didn’t.  At the end of the year my writers were where they needed to be but there was one thing I noticed… not all the kids enjoyed writing like I enjoyed it!  I knew that there was something I had to change!  After much research and chatting with colleagues I realized that writing is a work of heart!  When the kids are inspired and then able to express that into their kindergarten writing… they too will fall in love with writing!  What I didn’t realize those first couple of years was that I was writing and modeling stories that were near and dear to ME.  I can’t tell you every story I modeled for them but I am going to guess that a story about four-wheelers or Minecraft wasn’t wasn’t one of those!  By turning it over to the kids and having them choose their writing topics, I saw my kids BLOSSOM and year after year my writers fell in love with writing just like me! This is something that the second above mentioned program did but it was SO hard or me to “buy into” that one because it was just not the level of my kiddos. I took that same new passion and worked hard to put it into to easy to read lesson plans!  That is when KinderWriting was born! 🙂 In this post, I will share all about my favorite writing lessons I’ve done through the years, give you the freebie templates so you can plug them right into your lessons and I will be sharing all about the writing program I created called, KinderWriting .

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What is KinderWriting?

KinderWriting Curriculum is an engaging, kindergarten, genre-based writing curriculum. KinderWriting encourages young learners to look inward at their endless possibilities as a writer. KinderWriting is based upon nine units: Writing With Pictures, Writing With Sentences, Writing With Stories, Writing With Narrative, Writing With Opinion, Writing With Direction, Writing With Persuasion, Writing With Imagination, and Writing With Information. Each unit is broken down to 20 lessons. The units cover 20 days of academic instruction. The lesson plans have listed unit objectives, “I can” statements, Common Core writing standards and needed mentor texts.

KinderWriting encourages a daily routine of a minilesson, independent writing, and a share time. Each of the lessons in KinderWriting are well thought out for the young writer and spiral back to previous lessons to ensure students are retaining their skills. KinderWriting also includes unit anchor charts, a variety of writing paper, conferring schedules and note sheets, sample writings, student writing goals display, writing rubrics, and step-by-step guides that are made specifically for each unit.

What is included in KinderWritring Curriculum?

-Teacher “simple read” lesson plans. You will not need to rewrite these lesson plans, unless you choose do. If so I have included editable lesson plans. -Each unit I have planned out the; big idea, focus standard, essential questions, and so much more! -Writing paper -Unit posters -Student material -Unit rubrics -Spanish posters included

What about the standards? 

Each unit has a focus standard that is based upon the Common Core Standards. Units further into the year will have more than one focus standard. If you teach to a varying set of standards, you can email me for assistance. Thanks!

What Units are Covered?

Unit 1: Writing with Pictures Unit 2: Writing with Sentences Unit 3: Writing with Stories Unit 4: Writing with Narrative Unit 5: Writing with Opinion Unit 6: Writing with Direction Unit 7: Writing with Persuasion Unit 8: Writing with Imagination Unit 9: Writing with Information

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Let’s get started with Unit 1: Writing With Pictures.  This unit is all about setting the kiddos up for success!  If we jump right into “writing” our kiddos can sometimes feel unsure of themselves.  They might worry if their words are spelled correctly or if their pictures are perfect!  In unit 1, we introduce students to writing using illustrations! This is big, big, big especially for those lower kiddos! We want them to and NEED them to LOVE writing. We want to set them up with success from the very beginning.

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Unit 1: Writing With Pictures

Lesson 1: Illustrators! Yes? Lesson 2: Establishing the Minilesson Lesson 3: Drawing Sticks, Circles, & Boxes Lesson 4: Establishing Independent Write Lesson 5: Share Time Lesson 6: Illustrating the Best I Can Lesson 7: Detailed Pictures Lesson 8: Visualizing My Story Lesson 9: Looking Closely Lesson 10: Setting Goals Lesson 11: What is a Label? Lesson 12: Adding Labels Lesson 13: The Pencil Lesson 14: Labeling for Detail Lesson 15: Ask and Write Lesson 16: Show and Retell Stories Lesson 17: Labeling Your Name Lesson 18: Sticky Conferences Lesson 19: A Picture Book Lesson 20: Celebration

I recently had a Facebook live all about Unit 1!  You can listen into that video below!  If the video doesn’t load, you can access it HERE !

I have organized my units into a plastic tote!  Each unit has a folder in the tote!

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The plans include your needed materials, minilesson and ideas to expand your teaching during the share block!

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For independent writing I have offered a variety of writing journals and writing paper!  You can choose between landscaped and portrait style! I include lots and lots of styles so that you can decide what works best for your kiddos!

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Now let’s take a look at unit 2! In Unit 2 we start to introduce students to writing words and stringing some SIMPLE words together to make sentences!

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KinderWriting Unit 2 is all about encouraging students to stretch words, write words and then place those words into sentences!

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Below is a full listing of the lessons found in Unit 2 of KinderWriting!

Unit 2: Writing With Sentences

Lesson 1: Authors! Yes? Lesson 2: Authors Persevere Lesson 3: Writing Tools- ABC Chart Lesson 4: Making Words Lesson 5: Writers Make Mistakes Lesson 6: Stretching Sounds Lesson 7: Stretching More Sounds Lesson 8: Writing Tools- Sight Word Chart Lesson 9: Color Words Lesson 10: Letters vs. Words Lesson 11: Conferring and Writing Partnerships Lesson 12: Speech Bubbles and Emotion Lesson 13: Using the Room Lesson 14: Are You Really Done? Lesson 15: Capitals Lesson 16: Spacing Lesson 17: Punctuation Lesson 18: Words Make Sentences Lesson 19: Writing Storybooks Lesson 20: Sharing Storybooks

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Also in the folder is the unit spiral bound lessons, unit posters and the student mini poster rings!

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The student resource rings are perfect for the kiddos to keep in their pencil boxes!  You can also use them back at your guided reading table!

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We will use the mentor text, The Alphabet Tree, and build words!

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Unit 3: Writing With Stories

Lesson 1: Storytellers! Yes? Lesson 2: Authors Write About What They Love Lesson 3: Authors Write About What They Can Do Lesson 4: Authors Write About What They Know Lesson 5: Authors Write About The Past Lesson 6: Mechanics Matter Lesson 7: Names and Places Use Capitals Lesson 8: Tap Out the Story Lesson 9: Powerful Punctuation Lesson 10: Ask More With Writing Partners Lesson 11: A 5 W’s Story Lesson 12: Topics are Everywhere Lesson 13: Books are Stories Lesson 14: Places are Stories Lesson 15: Colors are Stories Lesson 16: Elapsed Time Lesson 17: Adding On Lesson 18: Illustrations Tell Stories Lesson 19: Storytelling Booklets Lesson 20: Sharing Storybooks

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The big push in Unit 3 is to help those that struggle with generating their own witting topic each day! We want them to be confident in realizing that there are stories ALL AROUND US! We use included pictures to help students generate writing ideas.

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We also teach them about using color as a writing inspiration!

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What do writers write about? Well, the write about things they love, things they know, things they can do and things from the past!

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We work on STRETCHING those words!

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In unit 3, we become mechanics so we can work on all of those important skills, too!

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Establishing writing goals are vital!

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In each unit I supply you with a lot of learning posters to present to the kiddos!

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We can’t forget the rubrics in each unit!

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The student resource rings!

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Unit 3 of KinderWriting wraps up the “basics” units! Units 4-9 are genre-based writing units! Let’s jump into those now!

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I like to play ninjas.

Also, here is the story booklet we used for this lesson!  You can grab yours for free below!

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Now let’s talk about Unit 4 of KinderWriting ! Unit 4 is all about Narrative writing! In unit 4, we take take the kiddos through the entire Narrative writing process! There is a week that we spend on mechanics and adding in adjectives/verbs into our stories as well!

Lesson 1: Narrators! Yes? Lesson 2: Narratives Use Words Like I, Me and My Lesson 3: Narratives Have a Setting Lesson 4: Narratives Have a Problem & Solution Lesson 5: Narratives Have a BME Lesson 6: Starting With a Hook Lesson 7: Ending With Feeling Lesson 8: Sequential Words Lesson 9: “Zoom” In Moments Lesson 10: Using Details Lesson 11: Writing With the 5 Senses Lesson 12: Adding in Adjectives Lesson 13: Adding in Verbs Lesson 14: Words Have Families Lesson 15: Mechanics Lesson 16: Narrative Booklets Lesson 17: Writing With a Rubric Lesson 18: Writing Process- Draft Lesson 19: Writing Process- Polish Lesson 20: Writing Process- Publish

Below is a look at the mentor texts for this unit! You can see there are three specific to narrative writing and three for the mechanics focus!

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In Unit 4, we discuss all of the parts of a narrative story!

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Unit 4 posters to teach all of the important tasks!

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Unit 4 rubrics!

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Student resource rings!

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Unit 4 writing goals!

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Now let’s talk opinion writing!  I  will discuss first some of my favorite opinion writing lessons over the years and then jump into opinion writing from KinderWriting!   I love introducing the kiddos to the big word for our opinion writing, because!  I always give a big hoopla over making sure we pronounce it correctly!  This might not be an issue in other parts of the country, but here in Missouri it’s usually pronounced as “becuz!”  So, after this talk they are correcting me the rest of the year if my pronunciation isn’t spot on!  We start with some simple opinion writings! We also talked a lot about what an opinion is and how it’s okay to have a different opinion then our friends!

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We also write opinions on if we like the tooth fairy best or Santa Claus! Below students wrote their thoughts in the opinion graphic organizer!  {Download the freebie below}

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Let’s talk KinderWriting Unit 5 which is all about opinion writing!

Lesson 1: Opinionators! Yes? Lesson 2: Giving Opinions Lesson 3: Fact vs. Opinion Lesson 4: Opinions Around Us Lesson 5: Opinions on the Spot Lesson 6: Using the Word Because Lesson 7: Giving Two Reasons Lesson 8: Using a Mentor Text Lesson 9: Opinion Starters Lesson 10: Defending an Opinion Lesson 11: Using the Word Wall Lesson 12: Spacing for Our Readers Lesson 13: Setting Letters on the Line Lesson 14: Reversals and Handwriting Lesson 15: Sounds in Words Lesson 16: Sharing Opinions Lesson 17: Writing With a Rubric Lesson 18: Writing Process- Draft Lesson 19: Writing Process- Polish Lesson 20: Writing Process- Publish

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Unit 5 writing posters!

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Unit 5 rubrics!

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Writing goals are a must!

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In unit 5, we work on fact vs. opinion!

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Unit 6-9 (Procedural writing, persuasive writing, fiction writing, informational writing) are also part of the KinderWriting bundle!

A note about pricing! 

Snag this bundle for  25% OFF  .  Each of the writing units sells for $12 each, a total of $108.  You can view KinderWriting HERE or clicking below!

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Now let’s talk letter writing! Depending on your district/standards, you might also be required to teach letter writing!

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Now let’s talk a little about assisted writing! I like to use assisted writing sheets mainly during independent writing times! This would be for example during daily five work on writing! My kiddos can’t get enough of my writing story starters!  I use them in their work on writing folders and as a choice for early finishers! I have found these story starters to work absolute wonders in my classroom!  What I love about the story starters the most is their ability to assist the students when working independently.  Students WANT to work without the assistance of their teacher, but sometimes they just don’t know how.  This can be especially true in writing.  Students of course would love to write a story of their own, but they at times don’t know what to write about.  The story starters take that out of the equation.  Students simply look at the picture given to them and start to write their story!

I like the spider and web.

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You can download an additional set of freebie writing posters HERE or clicking the images below!

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Well I hope you enjoyed these freebies! Leave me some love if you were able to use any of these and feel free to pass them along! 🙂

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If you’re unsure if KinderWriting would work in your classroom, I recommended that you take a moment to read TEACHER feedback here ! There is no one that will tell you more accurately than fellow teachers!

Snag this bundle for  25% OFF . Each of the writing units sells for $12 each, a total of $108. You can view KinderWriting HERE or clicking below!

Do you teach first grade? Snag the FirstieWriting curriculum HERE .

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Activities for kindergarten writing sentences in small groups

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It’s around mid-year of kindergarten when students writing really starts to take off. At this point, they have enough letter-sound knowledge and can write some simple high-frequency words . They are reading simple sentences and are writing several words on a page. Students are ready to start writing sentences! But how do you teach kindergarten writing sentences? I like to teach in both whole group and small group, but I find that teaching targeted small groups in writing are the most successful. So, how and what activities for kindergarten writing sentences do I teach in small groups? I’ll show you in this blog post!

How to Teach Kindergarten Writing Sentences in Small Groups?

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There are three main structures I like to follow in a small group for writing. The groups should be based on the skill you notice the students needing to work on. Call you group together and decide which of the three structures would be the best activities for kindergarten writing.

Teach and Practice

The first structure is best for an introduction on a certain writing skill. Share with the students the teaching point of the small group – the skill they need to learn. Then, give students a visual reminder of the teaching point (like a sticky note) so they can remember it when they are writing independently. After you share the teaching point with the students, have them try it in the writing they have been already working on independently. As they are writing, observe them and coach into their writing. Give them reminders to use the skill that you just taught them.

Remind and Practice Together

The second structure is good for either an introductory small group or to practice with students who need more guidance. Remind students about the teaching point that you are working on with them with these activities for kindergarten writing. Then, work on a writing piece together as a group with the skill in focus. For example, if you are working on adding labels, then have everyone add a piece of the drawing. Then, have everyone add a label to the picture they drew together. This writing is a group piece, so it’s not individually owned. But you could always make copies to share with everyone in the group if they are really excited about it. After everyone gets a chance to practice the skill you are working on, send them to try the skill in their own writing.

I Do – We Do – You Do

The third type of small group for teaching activities for kindergarten writing would be more of an “I do, we do, now you do” model. Start by modeling for students what using the skill would look like. For example, if you want students to plan out their writing before they start writing, show them how you would plan a piece of writing. Then, have the group try and help you with your writing. Have them add to your planning. Finally, send students off to try this in their own writing. For this example of teaching planning out your writing, I would have my students plan out their story in the small group and then go to their seats to keep writing it. 

For more support with planning small groups, check out this blog post and this free planning sheet!

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Kindergarten Writing Sentences Small Groups

When teaching conventions to young children, focus on teaching spacing first, punctuation second, and capitalization third. Then continue to revisit and review these topics as needed, until the children are showing that they understand the skills and can use them independently in their writing. These skills should be taught to the whole class and reinforced in small groups as needed.

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You want to teach children that after each word they need to put a space. The space helps the reader know that one word ended, and the next word is beginning. Encourage students to use two fingers or a spacer to help them remember to put a space between words. I call this using a “finger space” with my students.

Before teaching spacing, make sure that students can hear the difference between words ( an important phonological awareness skill) . Have them tell you what sentence they are going to write and ask them to clap or tap for each word in the sentence, and then ask them how many words are in the sentence. This help ensures that they understand one-to-one correspondence in their writing.

As you are beginning to work with students on adding spacing, have students continue to say their sentence out loud and tap out the words. Highlight lines on their paper where each word will go with exaggerated spaces between the words. As they continue to practice this, have them take on more of the highlighting and adding sentences. Eventually, simply point to a visual (you gave them in the small group) to remind them to add spaces in their writing.

There are more tips here in this blog post on teaching beginning writers !

Punctuation

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When teaching punctuation, start by making sure that your students understand what each punctuation symbol means. I would do this whole class initially. Then, when reading books together, I point to the different punctuation symbols. Mo Willems’ books are great for teaching about reading with punctuation.

Once students understand what the punctuation marks are , have them edit some writing stories to add in punctuation marks. Use the visual reminders to help students. After editing pieces, sit with students as they are writing and use the visuals to remind them to add punctuation at the end of each sentence. They’ll need frequent reminders to check their work to add in punctuation, so give them the sticky note to keep on their writing folder and tap it when you check in with them. Then have them check over their work to see if they need to add in more punctuation.

Young children often think that the sentence ends at the end of the line. As students start to add more punctuation independently, remind them that the punctuation goes at the end of a thought, not just at the end of a line.

Capitalization

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Before teaching when to use proper capitalization, make sure that students know the correct lowercase letters and their formation. Once you know that students know how to write most of their lowercase letters, then you can teach them when it is appropriate to use uppercase and encourage mostly lowercase letters in their writing. Keep an alphabet strip or chart nearby to them while they are writing so they can reference it. Once students start to practice the skill of capitalization, the main goal for kindergarten should be to use uppercase only at the start of writing sentences, the word “I” and people’s names.

Teaching Editing in Kindergarten Writing Sentences

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Teaching kindergarten writing sentences can, and should, be taught in a whole group. But it should also be taught as activities for kindergarten writing small groups to really guide students through the process of checking over and editing their work. I like to give my students old glasses, that the lenses fell out of, and then use those “magic glasses” to help them find mistakes or look for areas to add more. It’s a fun thing to add to the small group on editing.  Teaching kindergarten writing sentences, and specifically when teaching editing, there are three main areas to focus on.

Does your Writing Make Sense?

First, you want students to read over their writing and self-reflect on whether their writing makes sense. This is also a great opportunity to encourage them to read their writing to a partner to see if it makes sense to them. Often, just reading the writing the writing out loud, to themselves or someone else, helps them realize that they made a silly mistake or forgot a word.

Conventions Check

Secondly, we need to teach students to check for conventions. For kindergarteners, this includes correct capitalization, punctuation, and spacing. I love to give checklists for them to check over their writing on their own for conventions.

Adding More

Finally, we’ve all had the students that write a million and one stories and aren’t really pushing themselves to try harder or to write more. They are comfortable with where their writing skills are. When this happens, I push my students to ask themselves, “what more can I add?” This is easier said than done, obviously. I teach my students that when they are done with their writing, they should always go back and see if there are any areas where they can add more details or information. Having a checklist for things to add or details to consider can be really effective . They also could benefit from a small group on adding details.

There are many activities for kindergarten writing sentences, but the most effective teaching for writing sentences is done in small groups. In small groups, I take turns modeling the skill of writing a sentence, having the students work together on a shared writing piece, or letting children practice the skill in front of me while I coach their writing. In these small groups I teach the sentence writing skills of punctuation, spacing, capitalization, and editing writing .

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How to Teach Kindergarten Students to Write More Descriptive Sentences

Once your students can write a complete sentence independently , it is time to start expanding those sentences to add more details. Instead of “The dog can run.” you want your students to start writing sentences like, “The brown dog can run fast.” or even multiple sentences like “My brown dog is named Jack. He likes to run after cats in the park.” But, how do you get from simple sentences to more descriptive? Today, I am going to share a few ways to help your students add details to their sentence writing to help them write more descriptive sentences in Kindergarten.

How to Teach Kindergarten Students to Write More Descriptive Sentences

Adding adjectives to describe a noun

The simplest way to add more details to sentence writing is to add adjectives to describe a noun in the sentence. At this time in the school year, you have probably covered nouns, verbs, and adjectives. One way I like to model this is to write a sentence about a specific noun. I usually start with an animal, as they are able to tell me a lot about that animal.

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Let's say we want to write about a butterfly. First, I have them close their eyes and picture a butterfly in their head. I have them tell me exactly what the butterfly looks like. I start writing these adjectives down- small, purple, bright, beautiful, etc. Now, I have them choose 2 of those words to add to their sentence about the butterfly. “The beautiful, purple butterfly can ____.” and have them fill in the rest. This can work with any type of noun.

Who, What, Where, When, Why

Sometimes students get stuck when they are writing simple sentences. “I see a duck.” now becomes their go-to sentence, “I see a man. I see a book.”, etc. I know every year I have a student who will do the bare minimum when it comes to writing sentences. One way to get your students past this dilemma is to ask questions to help expand their writing. I like to use the WH questions- Who, What, Where, When, and Why. With the “I see a duck.” example, you can ask “Where do you see a duck?” “In the pond.” and then the sentence becomes “I see a duck in the pond.” Continue asking questions and modeling exactly how to expand sentences to help add more details to their writing.

Writing 2 sentences instead of 1

Once students are able to write 1 sentence independently, they can start writing an additional sentence about the same topic. By adding a second sentence, your students will be automatically giving you more details about their writing. For example, if they are writing about their favorite animal, they might tell you more about that animal. “My favorite animal is a tiger. Tigers live in the jungle. They can run very fast.” Even though that is three simpler sentences, it gives you more details about that topic. You can continue to build on this by adding another sentence, eventually having them write 4 sentences about one specific topic.

Drawing a picture to add details

Drawing a picture to add details to sentences

Another idea is to first draw a picture and then write a sentence. You can give your students a topic or idea and have them draw a picture of it. For example, maybe you want them to write about their birthday party. Have them draw a picture of their birthday party first. Then, going back to the second point of “Who, What, Where, When, Why”, you will ask questions to grab those additional details to use during writing. While they are describing their picture to you, they are using more complex sentences without even realizing it. You can help them formulate their thoughts onto paper by repeating or rephrasing some of what they said.

Here are some resources to help your students write more descriptive sentences in Kindergarten

Picture prompts.

Using picture prompts to write sentences

One of my favorite ways to help students write more descriptive sentences is by using Picture Prompts. Students will pick a picture to write about and then draw a picture to match. These seasonal resources have a wide range of seasonal vocabulary to start with, which makes it easy to add 2 or more vocabulary words to write a more descriptive sentence.

My Favorite Season Writing Craftivity

My favorite season writing craftivity

Another resource that you can use is this writing craftivity . Students will pick their favorite season and write about why it is their favorite season. This is one way to ask more questions to help your students write more descriptive sentences.

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5 High-Impact Writing Strategies for the Elementary Grades

Simple, effective exercises can help elementary students develop the foundational writing skills they need for their academic journey.

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When considering writing as part of the instructional day, teachers may think only of the type of writing where students engage in storytelling or informational pieces. While the ability to leverage student choice and produce fiction and nonfiction text is beneficial for all grade levels, it’s important to consider how writing can be incorporated and layered across all content areas, as well as develop the deep foundational understanding to prepare young writers for authoring texts.

For us as teachers, it’s vital that we share a common language and understanding about the types of high-impact writing strategies that students can engage in and how to effectively implement them in the classroom. 

1. Handwriting in the Early Grades

In the digital age, prioritizing handwriting education during phonics instruction remains instrumental in nurturing well-rounded learners and sets them up for success when more stamina is required of them. The tactile experience of handwriting establishes a profound connection between language and sensory perception, contributing increased cognitive development .

Teachers can adopt a common path of movement language (language used to describe how to form the letters) when teaching the letters. In addition to that, providing students with multisensory ways of forming the letters helps create a strong understanding of the letters’ features.

A practical example of this type of instruction is having students trace a lowercase a in a tray full of salt, repeating the path of movement language, “over, around, down.” Then, students practice writing the letter using a pencil or dry erase marker. As the teacher models the directionality, it’s important to ensure that students know what “over,” “around,” and “down” mean and look like and that the teacher is using on-the-spot intervention for correction.

2. Dictated Sentences

Utilizing dictated sentences in elementary phonics instruction holds profound importance in nurturing early literacy skills. This strategy serves as a powerful bridge between decoding individual phonemes and comprehending them within a meaningful context. 

For example, in a phonics lesson where students are practicing decoding and spelling words with a short i vowel and have practiced reading the high-frequency words they and the , the teacher may end the lesson with students writing the dictated sentence, ”They will fill the big bin with wigs.”

This method encourages the application of phonics knowledge in real-word scenarios, promoting fluency and automaticity. In addition, dictated sentences provide a valuable opportunity for students to hone their listening skills, enhancing their ability to discern and reproduce distinct phonetic elements accurately and to authentically apply irregularly spelled high-frequency words in context. This practice benefits students of any grade level working on phonics skills.

3. Writing to Read

Another foundational type of writing that prepares students for more demanding types of writing in later grades is writing to read. This is an interactive approach to early writing instruction where the teacher models early literacy and print concepts starting as early as prekindergarten through early kindergarten. Through collaboration with the students, the teacher models drawing pictures and sentence creation.

Teachers can start by engaging students in a conversation around an event in a book or nursery rhyme they read together. Then, the teacher offers a prompt: “In the story, the characters went to play at the park. That gives me an idea for a story. What kinds of things do you like to do at the park?” Students can share multiple ideas for the story, and the teacher chooses one to model. 

While the teacher explicitly models drawing and develops a sentence about the drawing, the students offer ideas on where to start writing, count the words in the story, identify the sounds they hear as the teacher spells out each word, and notice where spaces will occur. The more that students engage in this type of instruction, the more responsibility we can hand over to them, and they can write the story along with us. As students are given more opportunities to apply early writing principles and rereading strategies, they begin to understand the reciprocal relationship between reading and writing.

4. Reading to Write

When the foundations for early writing have been established, students can quickly move into another layer of high-impact writing, which is writing about the texts that they’re reading. 

Even starting in kindergarten, encouraging students to write and/or draw in response to reading across multiple content areas is a valuable strategy that helps deepen comprehension and understanding of a particular topic, as explored in Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos’s book Teaching for Deep Comprehension .

These “writing about the reading” prompts require students to analyze, synthesize, and connect ideas, fostering a deeper understanding of the material. For example, if first-grade students are working on story elements, after reading a story, a student might write, “The character in the story is a bear who lives in the forest. The problem in the story is that he is sad, but he solves his problem when he learns to be happy.” 

This expression encapsulates comprehension, language reinforcement, and academic vocabulary. As students progress through grade levels upward to 12th grade, the scaffold of giving the students a prompt for writing about the text should decrease as they develop enough self-regulation to write about their own thinking.

5. Writing About Learning

Similar to reading to write, this strategy is solely focused on writing about what the student has learned, why the learning is important, and when to use the learning. This type of writing can happen as early as kindergarten, but in a highly scaffolded manner that mostly focuses on articulating why the learning is important.

Students up to 12th grade can benefit from writing about their learning because it keeps the purpose of what they’re learning in various content areas relevant and promotes quick retrieval of the information.

This strategy also promotes metacognition , because it helps learners organize their thoughts and reflect on their learning process. For instance, a second-grade class could collaboratively study the nature of bees in a nonfiction text. Then, because the teacher focuses on the skill of identifying and explaining main ideas and details, a student may write, “I learned the main idea by using headings and key details. Knowing main ideas helps us understand the most important information in a text.”

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7 Tips to Teach Sentence Writing To Little Learners

Teaching sentence writing to little learners can be a challenging task, but it is an essential literacy skill. Here are 7 Tips to Teach Sentence Writing To Little Learners , ensuring that they start their writing journey on the right foot.

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Tip #1–Getting Started with the Basics

Before diving into full sentences, make sure your little learners have a solid foundation in letter recognition and formation. Practice identifying letters and writing them correctly. (Check out Letter ID Sound Station Center Ideas for some great ideas.) Pom Pom Fine Motor Phonics Activities is the prefect hands-on activity to practice letter ID.

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Tip #2–Introduce Sight Words

Sight words are common words that appear frequently in reading and writing. Introduce these words to your kindergarteners and practice writing them in isolation and in simple sentences. (Go to Hands-On Sight Word Activities For Little Learners for more tips and ideas.) Don’t forget about Assessing & Organizing Sight Words

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Tip #3–Model Sentence Writing

Show your students how to write a sentence by writing a simple sentence on the board or Anchor Chart . Break it down into its parts (subject and predicate) and explain what each part does. Encourage your little learners to help you come up with a sentence. ( Teaching Kindergartners How to Write a Sentence )

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Tip #4–Practice Sentence Writing

Provide opportunities for your little learners to practice writing sentences on their own. Start with simple sentences using sight words and familiar vocabulary. As they become more comfortable, introduce new vocabulary and longer sentences. (( Writing Sentences Kindergarten )

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Tip #5–Provide Feedback

As your students write, provide feedback on their work. Praise their efforts and offer suggestions for improvement. Encourage them to read their sentences aloud to check for clarity and correctness.

Tip #6–Create a Writing Center

Set up a writing center in your classroom where your little learners can practice writing sentences independently. Include materials such as paper, pencils, sentence starters, and word banks to support their writing. ( Creating Successful Writing Stations For Little Learners )

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Tip #7–Make It Fun!!

Writing can be a challenging skill to learn, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Incorporate games and activities into your lessons to make writing more engaging and enjoyable for your kindergarten students. ( Writing Kit for Little Learners )

@kindergarten_chaos You’ve been asking…so here it is!✏️The Writing Kit for Little Learners! This kit includes everything you need to get started with a beginning writers center or station! Alphabet Charts, Alphabet Journal Circle Maps, Label a Sticker, I Can Make a List, Editable Build and Write a Sentence, Writing Journal Covwrs for the entire year, drawing journal cover, primary writing paper with primary rubric and printing options, I Can Write a Book template and a developmentally appropriate research project template. Also includes an information page with pictures for each one! ➡️You definitely NEED this for your Little Writers! ✍🏼📝💛Love, Kindergarten Chaos #kindergartenchaos #backtoschool2023📓 #kindergartentips #tiktokteacher #kindergartenwriting #backtoschoolprep #kindergartenteacher #kindergarten ♬ Little Things – Tiqta

These tips and tricks are sure to help your little learners build a solid foundation in writing, and will prove to be useful throughout their lives. Encouraging them to practice this crucial skill is key to their future literacy success.

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