We know that giving children regular practice to construct sentences – of different patterns, lengths and to suit different text types will help them develop as confident and versatile writers.
Keeping it fun is obviously the best way – the ability to manipulate language has to be seen as an enjoyable challenge – but children need to understand that it doesn’t happen overnight. It is the regular practice at playing with language that will make the difference over time.
Start orally – get children to also rehearse what they want to say by talking it through. Let them see that trying different things out – and not just going with their first idea- will improve their ideas and ultimately their longer pieces of writing.
Using activities like these as quick, fun warmups or starters will build up a repertoire of language possibilities.
Just do it and do it often – (there’s a joke there but I won’t …)
Here's a FREE pdf Having Fun with Sentences - Ten Ideas that can be used and adapted over and over.
This file will also be available with all the other resources on the TC Network
And if you're after a more comprehensive pack of ideas -
have a look at 'IT'S A CASE OF GRAMMAR'
with Over 100 Ideas for Teaching Grammar in active ways.
Have Fun with Sentences!