Each of these 32 cards requires students to follow instructions to improve a simple sentence by adding and/or changing words. Students will not only learn to make more interesting and elaborate sentences, but will also be reinforcing parts of speech skills. For younger grades, use the cards just as they are. For fourth grade and above, consider adding Challenge Card 1, which will require students to add a prepositional phrase to each of their answers. Two other challenge cards are also included to extend the activity.
Student answer sheets are included as well as sample answer keys for both the cards alone and the cards in conjunction with Challenge Card 1. Please keep in mind that these are suggested answers only. Your students’ answers will vary as this is a somewhat open-ended activity.
Common Core Standards addressed in this set:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1e Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1f Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1g Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1i Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1d Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1e Form and use prepositional phrases.
A more challenging set of Sentences Task Cards is available here.
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