Sentence Tips

  •  Talk about the picture for several days before shaking out words.
  • Do many read alouds to add interest and information.
  • Model sentences with alternate sentences starters and punctuation(read aloud from mentor text and model your own)
  • Build an anchor chart before you shake out sentences-brainstorm what they see-get as many ideas as you can

Our Photo Study



  • What is in the photo
  • details
  •   Verbs in the photo
  • When is this happening

 Shake out

  • Print each sentence on chart paper as the students are watching.
  •   Print big enough so that everyone can see.
  • Number each sentence.
  •  Write the student name at the end of each sentence in a smaller font.

1. The little boy is wearing a plaid shirt.       Brian( I can’t make it smaller!)

  • Alternate the colour of each sentence with different coloured markers.
  •  Dig a little deeper for meatier sentences by asking  questions such as  where, how,… I.e. I see a man. Where is the man? What is he doing? What is he wearing?  Use the anchor chart you built together to help you.
  • Don’t accept grammatical errors-be kind “sometimes we say that but when we write we say…”
  •  Type up the sentences with names and numbers. Make sure the names are not the same size as the sentence. Each student should get a copy.
  • Identify each student set by having the student print their name or initials or number or colour on the back.
  •  Store the sentences in a location that is easy to access.
  •  Use your sorting mat when classifying
  • After several days of classifying brainstorm possible categories for paragraph writing

LGC 2012