Revising for Sentence Variety

Writing: W.4.5; W.5.5


writing flipsGive students practice writing different kinds of sentences with this flipbook. First, guide each child to stack two sheets of paper so the bottom edges are an inch apart. Next, have him fold over the top half to make four layers, label each one as shown, and write a sentence on the top layer (see examples). Then the student flips to the next sections one at a time, rewriting the statement as a question, an exclamation, and a command. He repeats the steps for several more sentences and then shares his work with a small group.


Statements to Flip

The cardinal perched on our windowsill.
Sydney looks for abominable snowmen when she skis.
In one week, we will be in sunny Florida.
Hot chocolate tastes better when you add extra marshmallows.
Garrett thinks it’s never too cold to shoot baskets outside.
My parents make sure we don’t sit too close to the fire.
My little sister, Mikayla, wrote 17 letters to Santa Claus.
School is cancelled because it snowed two feet last night.


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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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