When I was little, I remember having two little boxes filled with tiny cards - one was "Building Words" and the other, "Building Sentences". The boxes were each about 5" by 8", maybe an inch and a half high, and each one had a million cards in it.
Well, not really, but it sure seemed like it when I was five or six. Have you ever tried to make sentences (that make sense!) with magnetic poetry tiles? It's not easy. When you spill those babies out on the table, they go every which way, and it takes a few minutes to get the cards... and your brain... in order.
Looks kind of like this must look to our novice readers.
Some of our little guys are still struggling with letters and words, and are overwhelmed by the prospect of organizing cards like this into sentences. And yet we know as teachers that because building word cards into sentences is hands-on, it's likely to be more interesting to some of our kinesthetic learners or kiddos who struggle with small motor tasks like extended writing. And if it's more interesting, they're likely to do it longer and get more practice.
Here's one solution to that big daunting pile of a million word cards.
Narrow the field. Provide a limited number of word cards on one topic. Provide even more scaffolding for those who need it by giving sample sentences to model.
Here's a free set to try, and it's even right in tune with the calendar. It was a freebie in this week's newsletter from Teachers Notebook.
Here's what you'll get, as a sample taste of what all of my Building Sentences sets include. Click here or on either image to get yours free!
If you think that Building Sentences sets are a good fit for your teaching style,
you'll want to keep reading below!
I just posted a bundle of six sentence building sets. Purchased separately, the sets are $3.50 each.
The bundle of six sets is regularly $17.50, so essentially you'll be getting one of the sets free!
To celebrate the Teachers Notebook Newsletter Freebie, I've marked the bundle down 40% for today and tomorrow only: $10.50! Click on the (gigantic!) cover image to stop by my shop and find out more.