I recently blogged about Moosing about, a table cloth I used with my Year 7 SEN Class. The ideas and stories generated from this were fantastic and it really helped them with their paragraphing however they all started pretty much the same way- The, Then, I and She/He.
So I decided my class needed to do some more work on making their sentences interesting and the thought processes/ editing that takes place.
This is where Sentences Pong comes in, I have used ‘sentence roll a dice’ exercises and I have a few laminated boards in my classroom with mixed success. So I decided to cut up the boards and put them into yoghurt pots and then students could throw a ping ping ball into the pot which would generate a sentence opener/starter.
This is how it worked
Before the lesson
- I cut up sentence criteria for example use alliteration, a metaphor, simile, indicate a location, personification ( If you Google sentence roll a dice activities some fantastic ones pop up)
- I put them into the yoghurt pots
Start of the lesson
- Went through the terms with the students to refresh/ recap what the terms mean and why they are used
- Explained the classroom rules and that if there was silly behaviour with the ball then they would not participate
- Students ( I only have 8 in one SEN class and 6 in the other) throw the ball and aim for a pot
- Once landed in pot, the group stopped and came around the table
- As a group they then came up with a sentence, I then wrote this down
As the game went on, they decided they didn’t want to do it one at a time and instead wanted to write a few sentences together, they worked collaboratively and generated some fantastic creative writing.
I have now typed up the writing that was on the table, so next lesson they can D.I.R.T and write their own paragraph using the techniques used during the group lesson (they will have the sentence openers/starters grid with them).
I really enjoyed this lesson and so did my class as for once on Friday P5 they were not rushing for the door to leave 🙂