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How to write a sentence first grade

how to write a sentence first grade

Sentences writing for first grade - udvr.dotheroo.com

Procedure Day Two:

Say, “You remember that yesterday we talked about sentences. Writing a sentence is like making a sandwich. The bread is the noun or subject. The meat is the verb. You need both. But sometimes we like to have more things on the sandwich: lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup or cheese. For a sentence, extra words that describe the subject or the verb can be added."

Hold up a few of the cards from yesterday. Ask for suggestions of words that could describe the nouns. For example, you could say the shiny car or the furry cat. Write a few examples on the board as you brainstorm. Next ask for verbs, words that describe what the noun is or is doing. For example, “The shiny car stopped." Now think of words to describe the verb. How did the car stop? Quickly? Slowly?

Say, “Do you think the extra words make the sentences more interesting? Are they still complete sentences? How do you know? Notice that when I have written the complete sentence I put a capital (upper case) letter at the beginning and a punctuation mark at the end. That can be a period, a question mark or an exclamation mark.


Place the cards on the floor facedown again. Students should choose a card. The assignment is to write a sentence about the picture using a noun (subject), adjective (to describe the noun), verb, adverb (describes the verb). Remember to use a capital letter and punctuation at the end of the sentence. Bring papers individually to share with the teacher.

Extra Activities:

  1. When writing a paragraph on the board, write each sentence with a different color marker. This way the students can visualize each complete sentence.
  2. Write a complete sentence on a sentence strip. Then cut it into segments. Pass out the pieces and ask those few holding the pieces to put them in order to make a complete sentence. Present it to the class.
  3. Create a Word Wall with words listed in categories: noun, verb, adjective and adverb. Change the words with the change of seasons, themes and holidays


Use this printable worksheet.

It includes 60 pages of activities that will teach your students about nouns, verbs, capitalization and punctuation. There is also an entry skills assessment and a pre/post assessment that can be used to document student readiness and growth.

The very first items we ever posted on TpT {What is a Noun? and What is a Verb? books} are part of this download. Now we’ve combined them, added additional literacy centers and updated some of the graphics.

By understanding first grade writing standards, parents can be more effective in helping their children meet grade level expectations.

What is 1st Grade Writing?
Students in first grade develop all aspects of their English language arts skills through daily exposure and practice. In Grade 1, students strengthen their understanding of how print connects with spoken language. First grade students understand that spoken language is composed of sequences of sounds and that letters represent the sounds. In first grade, students can recite the letters of the alphabet in correct order and know the sounds associated with each letter. It’s this knowledge of the common letter-sound correspondences that helps students “decode” written words or figure out words as they read.

First grade students listen to, read, and respond to a wide variety of children’s literature, including stories, poems, and nonfiction, and begin to connect their experiences with information presented in print.

  • Drafting: Students write a draft suitable to the topic, audience, and purpose. In drafting, first grade students strive to maintain focus on a single idea and organize supporting details into a logical sequence that has a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Revising: First graders will revise selected drafts for varied purposes, including to achieve a sense of audience, precise word choices, and vivid images. Students will also revise and refine their drafts for clarity and effectiveness, and cross out repetitive text.
  • Editing: Students edit and correct the draft for standard language conventions as appropriate for their grade level.
  • Publishing: Students produce, illustrate, and share a variety of compositions.
  • Use of technology: First grade students will use available technology to compose text.

    Specifically, writing standards stipulate that students will:
    • As emergent writers, write their name and dictate messages such as news and stories for others to write.
    • Participate in writing simple stories, poems, rhymes, or song lyrics.
    • Write in a variety of informational/expository forms, such as thank you letters, invitations, lists, recipes, notes, labels, and charts.
    • Write informational/expository paragraphs that contain a topic sentence and at least three details.
    • Write brief expository descriptions of a real object, person, place, or event, using sensory details.
    • Write brief narratives that include a main idea based on real or imagined events, characters, and a sequence of events.
    • Draw a picture and use simple text to explain (persuade) why an item (food, pet, person) is important to them.
    • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas; record ideas and reflections, such as keeping a journal.

    Grade 1: Writing Evaluation
    First grade students learn to respond constructively to others’ writing and determine if their own writing achieves its purposes. In Grade 1, students also identify the most effective features of a piece of writing using criteria generated by the teacher and class. Writing standards recommend that students keep a portfolio of their own written work to monitor growth as a writer.

    Grade 1: Written English Language Conventions
    Students in 1st grade are expected to write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level. In particular, 1st grade writing standards specify these key markers of proficiency:

    Sentence Structure
    — Write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea.
    — Use nouns and verbs to write complete sentences.

    — Identify and correctly use action verbs in simple sentences.
    — Identify and correctly use contractions (e.g., isn’t, aren’t, can’t, won’t) and singular possessive pronouns (e.g., my/mine, his/her, hers, your/s) in writing and speaking.
    — Distinguish between declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative sentences.
    — Use appropriate end punctuation for sentences (i.e., period, exclamation point, or question mark).
    — Use commas in dates and items in a series.
    —Use capital letters for the pronoun “I,” the first word of a sentence, names of people, days of the week, and months of the year.
    — Spell three- and four-letter short-vowel words and grade-level-appropriate high frequency and sight words correctly.
    — Focus on regularly spelled patterns such as consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) (hop), consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e (CVCe) (hope), and one-syllable words with blends (drop).
    — Use resources to find correct spellings, synonyms, and replacement words.
    — Print each letter of the alphabet legibly in both capital and lowercase, using correct formation, appropriate size, and spacing.
    — Write text left-to-right and top-to-bottom on the page, with attention to margins and spacing letters, words, and sentences appropriately.
    — Gain an increasing control of penmanship such as pencil grip, paper position, stroke, and posture.

    Grade 1: Research and Inquiry
    First graders learn to gather information and use writing as a tool for inquiry and research in the following ways:

    • Record or dictate questions for investigating, such as “What do bugs eat?”
    • Record or dictate personal knowledge of a topic in various ways such as by drawing pictures, making lists, and showing connections among ideas.
  • Locate important areas of the library/media center.
  • First Grade Writing Tests
    While standardized writing tests aren’t usually given until at least third grade, some schools administer English language arts assessments in the first grade. These assessments are classroom-based and developmentally appropriate, such as Dibels (pronounced “dibbles”), an early-literacy measurement used in many schools. Other schools use early reading curriculums that feature regular assessments to measure progress in all language arts areas. These standards-based tests help teachers determine where each student needs help and are used to tailor instruction to the individual child. First grade teachers also observe children as they do various writing-related tasks and evaluate students’ writing portfolios on a regular basis.

    Writing Test Preparation
    First grade students do not need to “prepare” for assessments.


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