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SPLAT! Types of Sentences Card Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 9 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

Practice identifying the 4 kinds of sentences (interrogative, declarative, imperative, or exclamatory) with this set of 20 task cards.

Don’t you think learning should be fun? We bet you do! 

In fact, we believe learning about sentences can be an engaging activity. That’s why you should download our 4 Kinds of Sentences Card Game. 

In this activity, students will draw phrase cards and decide which of the 4 kinds of sentences it is:

  • Interrogative 
  • Declarative 
  • Exclamatory
  • Imperative 

In addition to being a sentence types game, this language arts and reading resource can be used with a small group, your entire class, and as a scoot activity. (See below for more fun ideas!)

How to Play Our SPLAT! Sentence Types Game

We designed this resource to be used with your writing small group or as a writing center activity

To play, students will draw a card from a center pile, read the sentence aloud, and identify its sentence type (declarative, imperative, interrogative, or exclamatory).

If the player correctly names the type of sentence, they get to keep the card. If they do not correctly identify the sentence type, they place the card on the bottom of the pile.

If a SPLAT! card is drawn, the player must put all of their cards back in the pile.

The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins! 

More Activities that Extend Our Types of Sentences Game 

Looking for more fun ways to show your students examples of types of sentences? Try these games out with your class! 

Scoot Activity

Place each of the 20 sentence cards around the room and ask students to stand up with their recording sheet. Assign one card to each student to start, having students rotate through each of the cards, writing their answers on the recording sheet. 

Note: You can ask students to record their answers on a sheet of paper they’ve numbered 1-20, or you can download the game in its Google Slides form and delete the answers from the answer key to create a blank sheet.

Odd Man Out

Display 3 cards at multiple stations around the room, making sure that 2 of the cards represent the same sentence type and the 3rd card is different. Student pairs will rotate through each station and identify the card that is different, writing their answers on a separate sheet of paper.

Test Prep or Class Review

You can easily turn this game into a review session at the end of your lesson, or right before a test to give students some extra practice. Hearing the sentences aloud will also help clue them in on important clues in the phrase that narrow down which of the 4 kinds of sentences the phrase applies to. Simply read the cards in order 1-20 out loud to your class, and ask them to write which kind of phrase it is on the recording sheet. It would be helpful to project the names of each of the 4 kinds of sentences using your smartboard or other projection devices. 

Change the Difficulty Level if Needed

If students have mastered the concept, they can create their own sentences using the four labels (interrogative, declarative, imperative, or exclamatory).

If students are struggling to identify the type of sentence, remind them to look at the ending punctuation to help determine the sentence type. You may also want to create an anchor chart to display examples of the different sentence types.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print the task cards on cardstock for added durability and longevity. 

After printing, cut out the task cards and place everything in a folder or large envelope for your writing center. 

Before You Download

Please note this resource is available in Google Slides or as a PDF. An answer key is also included with this download.

This resource was created by Lauren Piper, a teacher in Illinois and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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