October 4, 2015
By Angie Coleby

Lesson plan

Tell Me About a Telling Sentence

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Students will be able to identify, critique, and rewrite telling sentences correctly.

(5 minutes)
  • Hold up the pictures in front of the class.
  • Ask students to tell you different things about the pictures.
  • Write their sentences on the board.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell the class they just gave you Telling sentences, or sentences that share information about something.
  • Tell the students what a telling sentence should contain when it is written down: It should tell a complete thought, the first word in a sentence must begin with a capital letter, and the sentence should end with an end mark such as a period.
  • Read aloud the sentences you wrote on the board.
  • Ask students if each sentence has the three things a telling sentence should have.
(10 minutes)
  • Introduce the doctor puppet.
  • Tell students he needs their help to fix sentences.
  • Show the poster with telling sentences that have errors.
  • Let the puppet remind the class about the three things a telling sentence should have.
  • Have the puppet ask the class what is wrong with each sentence.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students they are going to look at sentences and decide if they have the three important parts of a telling sentence.
  • Give each student 5 pre-made sentence strips with correct and incorrect sentences on them. Explain that students will sort them into two categories: correct and incorrect.
  • Monitor them as they sort.
  • As you walk around, ask students what is correct or incorrect about each sentence.
  • Enrichment:Give advanced students more sentence strips to sort. For example, they can sort 10 sentences instead of five. Let them work in pairs to write their own incorrect sentences for a partner to correct.
  • Support:Give students who are below level less sentence strips to sort. For example, they can sort three sentences instead of five.
(15 minutes)
  • Give students the Fix the Sentences: Kitty CatWorksheet.
  • Read the instructions and sentences together as a class.
  • See if students correctly fixed the errors in the sentences to check for understanding.
(5 minutes)
  • Toss the ball around the class.
  • Tell the class that when you say freeze, the person who has the ball must say one thing they have learned about telling sentences.

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