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#3 Dolch Silly Sentences

Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Dolch Silly Sentences
Grades 1, 2, and 3

Materials Needed
- A ditto for each child listing the Dolch sight words to be used in the lesson, including some of the 95 Dolch nouns.
- A piece of writing paper and pencil for each child.

Goal Statement
At the conclusion of the lesson, the second (or first or third) graders will be able to create a simple sentence from Dolch words and will practice reading Dolch words by reading their sentences and sentences created by a partner.

State Standard Addressed
In this section, the teacher cites the state standard focused on in the lesson.

Review Previous Skills
Before the new lesson begins, the teacher briefly reviews any concepts or skills previously learned that will be needed in the new lesson. For example, a sentence has a subject (i.e.; a noun) and a verb (i.e.; an action word).

Anticipatory Set
Explain to the children that they are going to create sentences using sight words. Tell them that the sentences may be as silly as they want them to be.

Hand out the dittoes, one to each student, with the Dolch words on them. The words may be Dolch words targeted for your grade level or Dolch words they have already learned. Read the words in unison.

On the chalkboard, demonstrate how to create a sentence by choosing a noun and a verb, then choosing other Dolch words to finish a sentence. For example, "brother" and "carry." "My brother can carry seven bread boxes." Explain to the students that sometimes the action words will need to be changed a little, for example, they could use the words "carries" or "carried." Also explain that the nouns sometimes are changed to show that there are more than one, for example, "boxes" instead of "box."

Have several children choose words to create a silly sentence, as you write it on the board.

Guided Practice
Hand out the writing paper and have each child get a pencil.

Choose students to pick Dolch words to make a silly sentence. As you write the sentences on the board, the students write them on their papers. Read each sentence when it is finished.

Do this about five times or more if they are struggling.

Independent Practice
Tell the students to write two or three silly sentences on their papers while you cruise the room and help, if needed.

Tell the students to read all the sentences on their own paper.

Tell the students to trade their papers with a partner and read their partner's sentences.

Review routinely with different Dolch words.
For homework, assign the students to write two to five sentences using Dolch words.