About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Language Arts

GRADE
4-8

DURATION
30 Mins

Links of Language

Discover the complexity of the English language with students. Connect words together to make creative sentences while practicing parts of speech.

OBJECTIVE
Students will practice building sentences by making paper chains. Hang in the classroom after as a reinforcement of the lesson, and as a colorful decoration.

MATERIALS
Fiskars scissors, tape, markers, colorful paper

SET UP AND PREPARE
Have students cut strips of colorful paper that are approximately two inches wide and six inches long. (These are the links). Cut as many as possible!

 

DIRECTIONS
1. To begin this lesson, practice parts of speech with students. Review the noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, and preposition. Simplify to just noun, adjective, and verb if preferred.

2. Explain to students that they’ll be building sentences by writing words on the links. When they join each link together to form a chain, a sentence will be complete!

3. Have students create a color code for the links, matching each part of speech with a color. For example:

noun = green
pronoun = yellow
adjective = pink
verb = blue
adverb = purple
preposition = orange

4. Have students write words (these can be vocabulary words or perhaps words from a book you’re reading as a class) on the links, following the color code.

 

5. After students have written their words on the links, encourage them to practice forming sentences. Students can mix and match their words with each other to create wild, nonsensical stories, too!

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