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! 



  1. What a cute unit and idea! I love it!

    I taught for a year on the Oregon coast, too! It's so beautiful!
    Teaching With Style

    1. We probably have a few people in common... I wonder if we've worked with some of the same teachers!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I absolutely love the Pigeon Craftivity...super cute! I am your newest follower, so glad I found your blog. I am always excited to find fabulous second grade blogs to follow.
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  4. Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? Because I’m going to start my website soon, but I’m a little lost on everything. Many thanks! English communication sentences to get used to


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