My motivation for doing this activity is to encourage my reluctant kindergartner to WRITE. I am hoping as he becomes comfortable with this type of sentence writing that his own writing will blossom. He has the sounds he needs to write, but if he knows a word isn't spelled correctly he gets quite upset!
The way I am using Cut Up Sentences with my son:
- Let him choose a sentence from a book that we have read.
- Write the sentence onto a firm piece of paper such as card stock or the back of a cereal box. (For now I am doing this step but soon this will be his job as well!)
- Read the sentence together.
- Let him cut the sentence into individual words.
- Have him rebuild the sentence, and laugh at all the silly ways the sentence could be arranged.
- If it's a tough sentence, I keep the book open so that he can refer back to the original sentence for support.
- Once the sentence is reconstructed, I have him read the sentence aloud to check it.
- I point out how the beginning of the sentence is always capitalized and the final word has the punctuation. I often ask him to count the number of words in the sentence.
- The final step is for him to write the sentence into his journal or onto a sheet of paper. (Of course this is the step he grumbles about!)
Several sites have printable versions of cut up sentences (CUS). I prefer 'harvesting' one sentence from a book we've just read, since it has more meaning for him. But today I printed off a few sheets for him to practice on his own.
The website that I like the most for CUS is -- www.kinderblogger.org Click on the "Cut Up Sentences" tab below the title. This site has a bunch of free printables. I think my son will enjoy drawing a picture to go with his sentence since he hasn't done that before!