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Stretching Sentences: Lesson 1

Subject: Language Arts

Grade: 5


  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2.E - Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3.A - Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.

Materials: Printable Student Handout

Essential Question: How do I compose a well written complete sentence?

Activating Strategy: Question Carousel-Divide the class into 4 different groups (each group should have a different color marker), have one of the following questions written on chart paper spread out through the room, each group has 2 mins at each question to work together to write their answer. (1) What is a sentence? (2) How could this sentence be improved: The dog came inside. (3) What does a good sentence include? (4) Write a boring sentence

Teaching Strategy: When all groups have visited each station post each of the papers at the front of the room to review as a whole group what each individual group came up with for each station.

  • Give each student a copy of the stretch a sentence handout
  • Ask students to look over #1 and #2, ask what they notice about stretching a sentence (asking basic questions; who, what , when, where, how)
  • Complete #1 together
  • Let students complete #2 with a partner
  • Share #2 with whole Group
  • Students complete #3 and #4 with a partner  
  • Students work on illustration while waiting for all partners to finish

Summarizing Strategy: Ticket Out the Door: Students answer EQ on a sticky note and post on board or door on the way out

Related Lessons:

Stretching Sentences - Lesson 1

Writing and Answering in Complete Statements: Lesson 2

Writing and Answering in Complete Statements: Lesson 3

Review of Complete Statements: Lesson 4

Written by Blair Dielman, Education World® Contributing Writer

Blair is an educator with extensive experience in creating and implementing engaging lessons for all subject areas.  These lesson included handouts, technology, and other forms of interactive learning.

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