Sentence Scramble Builds Reading Skills

Sentence Scramble Builds Reading Skills
Posted on 03/01/2019
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You know that game you play with your kids that they want repeated over and over again? For Mrs. Bledsoe at our Langston Elementary Leadership Academy, that activity for her kindergarten students is the sentence scramble! Students work in groups to reassemble a sentence from a story, and then to find the sentence in their books. Mrs. Bledsoe keeps time on how long the pursuit takes them, so that after each lesson students are challenged to complete the process faster. The activity is designed to build reading skills, as well as problem solving and teamwork skills.

“My students love this activity and if we run out of time they are very disappointed!,” says Mrs. Bledsoe. “This is a fun way to add teamwork and problem solving skills to the development of reading basics. Students love to be challenged, and they love being asked to work independently with their peers.”

Students work in reading groups to make their way through a full story. She chooses text from the stories and writes each word on individual post-it notes. Groups are tasked with reassembling the words into sentences using reading strategies, which include identifying correct grammar. She personally works with students to unscramble sentences the first time they receive a new set. Once a group has mastered figuring out a scrambled sentence, she scrambles it again, and has them work as a team to repeat the process.

Learn more about the HSSD Langston Elementary Leadership Academy, here.

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