Ah, the drudgery of daily fixing sentences work. It can easily turn into a monotonous task with very little learning.
Instead of just the basic fix my sentence worksheet where students simply correct one or two sentences and then put it away without looking at it again, try these few tips for fixing sentences that will make it more engaging for everyone.
Correct One Sentence Each Day
Correct one sentence each day. This keeps it small and simple for both you and your students but gives daily practice.
Don’t fall into the trap of simply assigning your students to correct the sentences and then put them away and quickly move on. Students won’t learn anything this way.
Plan in 5 extra minutes to correct the sentences with your students. Talk to them about what corrections need to be made and most importantly WHY they need to make those corrections.
Many times, sentences can have more than one way to correct them and this provides an opportunity for discussion with your students about how they corrected a particular sentence and why they choose to correct them one way over the other.
Read the Sentence Out Loud
At the beginning of your fixing sentences practice, it is helpful to read the sentence aloud. Starting by reading the sentence aloud will help students hear errors that they may have missed if they were reading it silently to themselves.
Beyond that, an added benefit to students, especially those learning how to read, is that they hear and see you model reading skills such as fluency & expression.
Write Corrections On the Board for Students to See
While you are correcting sentences, write the corrections on the board in addition to saying them aloud.
You can call on students for suggestions and write corrections on the whiteboard for students to see how to make corrections. This practice is especially helpful for ELL students or students with reading or writing difficulties.
Make it fun! Give rewards for volunteers to come up. Turn it into a game of some kind. Even something as simple as finding fun new colors of markers can make it more exciting for students.
Introducing 36 Weeks of Fixing Sentences & Phonemic Awareness
Our 36 Weeks of Fixing Sentences & Phonemic Awareness, will help keep kids’ basic skills sharp while taking no longer than a few minutes. These targeted skills practices are easy to fit into your schedule while packing a powerful punch! Plus, they are available in both print & digital so you can make them work, no matter the classroom!
Everything is already created for you, so all you have to do is print and you’re ready to teach. The first five weeks contain skills that were taught the previous year for review.
What’s included in our 36 Weeks of Fixing Sentences & Phonemic Awareness:
- Fix my sentence worksheets for grades 1-6
- Phonemic awareness worksheets for pre-k & kindergarten
- Teacher instructions, so that you will know exactly how to use this resource
- Sentences and Words to fix for every day of the week with grade-appropriate grammar and phonics skills
- Answer keys for quick correction and easy grading
Each day of the week will have one sentence to fix or a word to practice filling in missing phonemes. At the beginning of the week, pass out one copy of the worksheets to each of your students. They can keep this page in a folder, or you may choose to print all pages and bind them into a booklet for each of your students