Sentence Cut-Up


Tip: Sentence Cut-Up

How do I do it?
Circulate with sentence strips, a marker, scissors, and 1 envelope per student. Student dictate a sentence, "I know..." about a topic they are studying (e.g. "I know that photosynthesis is the process in which plants make food." "I know frogs are amphibians." "I know my address and phone number."  "I know that the president can veto legislation." etc.) , cut it up and place in an envelope labelled with their name.  Student needs to recompose the sentence in the correct order.  

Variations & Extensions
You can give students a particular sentence starter (e.g. "I know.." or "I wonder.." or you can require that they demonstrate mastery of a skill with their sentence (e.g. "Give an example of how to calculate circumference.") Level the sentences to the reading and writing level of the student and target a reading or writing skill that needs practice.  You can use a sentence starter, if necessary. Direct pairs or small groups of students to try to combine their sentences so they make sense.  Give extra blank sentences strips to students and direct them to elaborate or improve their sentence with more detail or adjectives, for example.  Give students a new Cut-Up every week and have them mix and match their envelope of sentences.  Color code the strips by topic or types of sentences etc.  Ask students to rearrange a peer's sentence.  Write a sentence with an error and direct the student to fix the error by adding or removing words or parts of words.

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 5
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) related to each other and the whole.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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