When planning for ELA stations, I always had a hard time figuring out a meaningful way to get in writing practice. Some of my kiddos loved having a writing journal that they got to use in our “Free Write” station. Considering this was during independent station time and I was busy working with my Small Group kiddos, it was always a station that had the fewest on-task students. Therefore, I wanted to add something with more direction and focus. So, I created these Monthly Sentence Puzzles!
Puzzles for Stations
Each month includes 10 sentence puzzles with seasonal images. The students’ job is to put the puzzles together either using the pictures or the words at the bottom, according to what level they may be on. The sentences describe each picture using at least one seasonal vocabulary word.
Once students have finished putting their puzzles together, they record their sentences next to the correct number. This is a great way to not only see if they put the puzzles together correctly but also to assess for correct capitalization and punctuation.
Puzzle Practice Pages
The puzzle practice pages are perfect for continuing practice, or as an assessment without even doing the station puzzles. Each puzzle from the set has its own practice page. Students color the pictures, then cut the words out at the bottom of the page and glue them in the correct order. Finally, each practice page has one seasonal vocabulary word for students to use in their own sentence. The goal is for students to understand what this vocabulary word means based on the picture and the sentence describing it.
Giving students an opportunity for fun, “free writing” can be so helpful and I would encourage you to continue to do that! However, if you’re looking for a way to combine vocabulary, sentence structure, and seasonal variety, these sentence puzzles are just what you need!