I had the opportunity this month to review Sentence Buildings: A parts of speech activity set form Learning Resources, and I was certainly not disappointed! It is so much fun and I can see this being used for any student K-8 who can read basic words.
When you receive the box, it comes with 9 plastic buildings (noun, verb, adjective, pronoun, article, conjunction, adverb, preposition, and punctuation). Each building has a catchy name, like Noun Tower or Pronoun Place, and has a lid that easily comes on and off. The box also includes 300 double-sided word cards, including 15 blanks that can be customized with a wet-erase marker. The only assembly was to place the stickers on the front of the correct plastic building, but they were also color-coded, so it made it a snap. The best part? All the small 300 cards were already punched out and ready in a baggie (every busy teacher knows this is a HUGE help)!
The instructions contain several different ways that the set can be used. Here are a couple it mentions:
Simple Sentences – Select one card each of a pronoun, verb, noun, and punctuation from the buildings. Make a simple sentence with the cards and share with the group. Let students explore making simple sentences with the same parts of speech.
Follow the Recipe – With a small group, combine word ingredients to make a sentence recipe. For example, have students select the following cards from the buildings: 2 nouns, 1 verb, 1 preposition, 2 articles, and 1 conjunction. Have students read their sentences aloud.
Also mentioned are Exciting Sentences, Parts of Speech Match, and Main Street Mix-Up, which range from simple to more complex for easy differentiation based on your grade level and student ability. There are so many ways this activity could be used, such as for a center, small group, independent study, indoor recess, or a reward party.
Would you like a chance to get this super fun activity for your class? Learning Resources is generous enough to be donating one set to a lucky reader here at The Organized Classroom Blog! Yay! Just read and fill out the entry form below to get entered!
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