Throwback Thursday- Penguin sentences

Hi friends!  The last two days we have been working on one of my favorite sentence writing activities. It helps my first graders get past writing these sentences:

This is a penguin.
This is me.

I am done with those, so I brought out my "Farmer and the Dell" sentence activity.  I wrote about it last year, so I thought I would revisit it.

---------------originally posted 1/22/13--------------

These last two pictures are sentence charts.  We brainstorm adjectives, verbs, and prepositional phrases.  Next we pick some from each category (see the sticky note arrows).  Then with my pointer in hand we put it to song (the tune of Farmer and the Dell).  So it would go:

The small, happy penguin
The small, happy penguin
The small, happy, fat penguin eats at the Super Bowl

The kids love it, we say it fast, slow, deep voice, etc.  I also let the kids be the teacher and point to the words.  We change up the words and have fun reading silly sentences.

Well, after all of that fun we have to write down our creations, so I make a frame to guide how good sentence would be written:

The (adjective) penguin (verb) (prepositional phrase).

I match the colors of the words with the sentence frame boxes.  This helps some of my firsties.  Here are some of their sentences.

These sentence samples were from last year, because I forgot to take pictures today.  I think this really helps my writers who are stuck on the "same sentence, different noun" sentences.

What do you do with your writers to get them unstuck?


  1. I love it! Thanks for sharing such a great way to improve those first grade sentences. Maria

  2. LOVE this idea! I can't wait to try it!

  3. This is a great activity! I can use this for my children at home. I've been trying to figure out a way to get away from the "My dad is tall" sentences. Thanks.


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