Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Should Animals Wear Clothes? 4 of 5 - Section 2: Let's make our sentences


When writing dictated sentences, it can get lengthy and I can loose their attention.  I use Name Sticks to try and keep them focused.  I have a little container with tongue depressors, one for each student with their name on it.  I swirl the sticks and say a chant that I made up, I whisper it:

Magic sticks, magic sticks,

Who will I choose?

I hope they are listening,

to the good news!

They all want a turn to do ANYTHING, so I try to cause anticipation so they will stay with me through the whole sentence dictation.

I set the used sticks down to separate who has had a turn.  I have seen other teachers use a small cup inside a big cup for their sticks.  When you call their names, put the stick in between the cups.  The unchosen sticks remain in the center small cup.  That way you don't loose sticks, like I do.

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Should Animals Wear Clothes? 4 of 5

Unit 2: Should Animals Wear Clothes
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: With prompting and support TSWBAT produce a complete sentence using adjectives to describe a character.

Big Idea: Using sentence frames the students will dictate a sentence to be written on the predictable chart using adjectives to describe a character.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Reading Comprehension
  33 minutes
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