Here is an example of an assignment we would do to practice this skill:
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Here's an example of an activity we did to change a sentence into a super sentences.
I wrote a very simple, but complete sentence. We found the subject (the cat), and what the cat did (jumped) to make sure it was a complete sentence. Then we worked on making it a super sentence.
I cut the sentence apart so each word was separated. Then I got out the sticky note sentence strips. As a group, we brainstormed words we could use to describe cat. Then we worked on a word that would describe how the cat jumped. (I love how a kid came up with instantly! I never would have come up with that one.)
After we had the sentence "The fluffy cat instantly jumped." I talked about how we could stop there and we would have a good sentence. I don't want them to feel like every sentence needs to have that same structure (adding where, when, etc. to every sentence), but I do want them to get in the habit of expanding those sentences to add detail.
In this case, they still wanted to do more though! I asked them to come up with ways to expand the sentence even more. They came up with the rest (where and why).
The fluffy cat instantly jumped into the garbage can to chase a mouse.
My students had SO much fun with this activity. We've made several other sentences like this, and they are always excited to work together to make it super. Now they love to share with each other when they make their own sentences into super sentences.
My students also make their own super sentences during centers. They use this sorting mat to help build their super sentence.
Then they record it on their student sheet, like the one shown below.
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I've created this forest-themed super sentence for you all. You can get this freebie HERE.
I'd love to hear what you all do to improve students' sentences!