A 60 minute lesson in which students will build a simple sentence.
- Play a game of ‘Simon Says’ as a class. After the game, ask the students:
- What is a verb?
- What kind of noun is the word ‘Simon’?
- What other actions could Simon ask us to do?
- Project the instructions for the Build a Sentence Card Game on the board. Using a small group of students, model how to play the game. Ensure that the students understand that the sentences they build with their cards must contain a subject, a verb and an object. Repeat the demonstration until all of the students are familiar with the rules of the game.
- Arrange the students into mixed ability groups of four players and provide each group with a set of game cards. Monitor and support the students as they play the card game in groups.
- Ask the students to write a simple sentence on a Classroom Exit Ticket. Ask the students to hand in their exit ticket before they leave the classroom or move on to the next activity.
- Encourage more capable students to use the game cards as a prompt to create compound sentences by adding a conjunction and an additional clause.
- Allow less confident students to play the card game in a small group with adult guidance.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
- used strategic whole class or individual questioning
- observed student participation during learning activities
- recorded student progress on a checklist
- annotated student work samples
- collected and reviewed student work samples
- facilitated whole class or peer feedback sessions
- encouraged student self-reflection
- administered formal assessment tasks.
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