Daily Lesson Planning
Special Note: From the beginning of the year, with input from children, write messages (shared writing) on the chalkboard—pleasant greetings, news of the day, or information about a topic you are studying. As you write, make comments about some of the skills involved in sentence writing. Talk about the letters (how they look and sound), words (how they are made up of letters), and sentences (how they must make sense, begin with capital letters, have spaces between words, and need punctuation at the end).
Introduction to Concepts of Print
- Explore the letters, words, and the sentence in "Writers put words together in sentences." Discuss Spot’s sentence. Then invite children to dictate other simple sentences. You may also do this as a shared writing.
- Implement "Silly Spot."
- Implement “Writers put words together in sentences” (BB 48).
Activities with Sentences
- Implement sentence-writing activities (BB 49-53) throughout the week. Model how to do each page as you introduce it.
- Write short sentences on the board, talking about the importance of making sense, the use of capital letters, spacing, and punctuation. Use sentence patterns that include children’s names. Examples: Sean is happy; Shiere has new shoes; Pablo likes math.
- Give children many opportunities to do sentence frames (Spot sees __________.) in which they use words such as familiar names, family words, color words. Then implement "Silly Sentences."
- For group sentence building, distribute a series of large word cards and one card with a large dot for a period. (Possible words: We, I, have, see, a, book, dog, car, big, little.) Have some children hold up the word cards, while others pick the words and indicate their correct order in a sentence—always ending with a period.
- Do orientation activities; point out the beginning letter of a sentence, the first word, and the last word. Also notice long words and short words.
- Place children in pairs to complete sentence frames. Examples:
We like ____________________ . We go to _____________________ .
- Use patterned sentences from predictable books as models for sentence writing.