Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Sentence Buddy Freebie

Ok, so I'm a day late. But as promised I've uploaded my little Complete Sentence Buddy freebie!! 

   [Click the picture you grab your copy ]

We spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year talking about the parts of a complete sentence. Well I wrote the silly song below and my kiddos chanted along like champs! I'd over hear them singing the song to themselves later in the day during centers and recess and then even while they were writing....which got me thinking. I've always thought of sentence horizontally. I never really thought of it from a top down approach. But everyone has a head and everyone has feet, and this concept really seemed to make sense to me kiddos. So I grabbed a sentence strip and set to work onto making a concrete visual for them. Hence, the birth of the Sentence Buddy!

 This is what our Sentence Buddies looked like at first. The kids kept asking me, "Where are his arms?" I explained we'd add the arms when we learned about the other two pieces of a complete sentence. So this week, we went back and added arms :)

Now I can easily have them refer to their sentence buddy when they are writing sentences, or if I want them to identify parts of sentences.The day after we finished our sentence buddies, I had them locate each part using the worksheet below. This is where the color coding came in handy! We put three little lines under the capitals in red, circle the punctuation marks in blue, underline the nouns in yellow, and box the verbs in green.

I hope you and your class can have as much fun with this guy as mine does!!


  1. Too cute! Love it! Thank you so much!

  2. My kiddos are having such a hard time with this... This craftivity is PERFECT!! I cannot wait to use
    it!!! Thanks for creating and sharing :-)

  3. I'm so excited! This is EXACTLY what I need to help teach my kids about verbs and sentences this week! Thanks! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  4. What a super cute idea!! I'm totally using this with my students. Thanks!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. Thanks so much. This is great!

  6. This is GREAT! We were just working on the parts of a sentence on Friday! Can't wait to use this soon.
    Fun and Fearless in First

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to use it!

  9. I just think this is adorable! I can't wait to sing it to MY first graders. We love songs that teach!!
    They like the one to the tune of Row, Row row Your Boat:
    Sqush,Sqush,Sqush two words
    Sqush them into one
    Leave out some letters
    And put in an apostrophe
    Contractions can be fun!
    I write the two words(i.e. can not) then we sing the song and cross ou the letters that are taken out and put in the apostrophe. :)
    I have taught this song for years. I'm sorry I don't remember who to give credit to but I love it and so do my students.

  10. In love with this!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  11. This was so much fun! My first graders loved it! Thanks for sharing.
    Stephanie McMahon
    First Grade Fingerprints

  12. Love, love this. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  13. I just stumbled on this ... it is awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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