Snowballing Sentences!

8 Jan

Are you looking for a way to help your students expand their sentences to include details? 

Making Snowballs!

Try integrating this simple Snowballing Sentences writing activity! Read through the completed sentence page as a whole-group. Then, model and guide the students through the process of expanding sentences to include details.

Model writing a simple sentence with a Who and a Did What. Show them how to expand and “snowball” their sentences by adding Where (e.g., “at the park”), When (e.g., “yesterday”), or Add-On phrases (e.g., “and had lots of fun”). Sometimes it helps to highlight or underline the expanded sections to help students see the details that were added. Once you’ve modeled the full process of expanding a sentence with a few examples, guide students step-by-step through expanding a few sentences together.

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NOTE: As a CRAFTIVITY option, have students create and expand a sentence on three white construction paper snowballs. Glue the snowballs together and turn the snowballs into a snowman. (Don’t forget the top hat!) Display the class writing projects on a bulletin board or the hallway.

Are you looking for additional ways to reinforce fluency through sentence phrasing?

Scooping Snowballs! 

Use this same Snowballing Sentences activity for FLUENCY practice! Students can practice “scooping” and phrasing each snowball. The add-on expansion represents each new phrase your students should scoop & phrase together.

(Hey! Need additional ideas or want to learn more about phrasing? Check out my previous posts: Fluency Boot Camp or Exercise Your Mind and Fluency!)

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(Download this FREE resource here or by clicking the images above!)

Happy Teaching & Stay Warm! 

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2 Responses to “Snowballing Sentences!”

  1. Karen Ganon January 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks for the snowball activity. I’m just going to hit adjs. and adverbs this week, and I think this will be a memorable way to help them use these parts of speech in expanding sentences. Thanks for your generosity.

    • MsJordanReads January 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Glad you like it! My students loved expanding their sentences and then reading them aloud for fluency. It ties in nicely with adding adjectives/adverbs for descriptive writing. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!


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