Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Don't Let the Pigeon Write an Incomplete Sentence!

Who doesn't love some Mo Willems!?! Before I launched writer's workshop, I did a mini-unit on sentence writing inspired by the amazing children's author, Mo Willems. I love how he uses simple readable sentences to tell amazing {and hilarious} stories. Kids just L.O.V.E his books... even my advanced readers can't put his books down! Read on to see how I reviewed sentences using Pigeon, inspired by Mo Willems. 



I started my mini-unit sharing books and information on good ol' Mo. I shared with students the two parts of a sentence (noun and predicate) and we sang a song a little complete sentence song that I wrote (inside the unit). 



The next day, I held up cards with examples of sentences and incomplete sentences, and students discussed and voted if the sentences were complete or not. Then, we went on a mentor text scavenger hunt to find complete sentences. The kiddos worked in pairs, looking at a Mo Willems' text and wrote down sentences that they found. 



To review all the good stuff we learned, the next day we made a pigeon craftivity to remind us of all the parts of a sentence (subject, predicate, capital letter, and an ending punctuation mark). The kids loved making their pigeon! Some even named them! I think they're pretty darn cute!






But wait...There's more! Our sentence mini-unit didn't end there! We continued to cement our knowledge of sentences by putting together some silly mixed-up sentences. I loved watching the kids complete this activity! They were so engaged with creating their sentence and reading each others' sentences! There was a great energy in the room... it was a great day to be a teacher :-)


I loved this one! I had to show it again up-close!


We ended the unit with a mini-assessment so that I could see which students knew how to correctly write a sentence and which students needed some additional small group support. 



I just put this unit up on my TpT store yesterday! It's my first Common Core unit that I've put together in my store and I am excited to share it with you! To check it out, click on the picture below! 

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