Sentence Building Practice

My students love, love, love sentence building and they are becoming quite good at it too! We practice sight reading each word, then unscrambling it to make a sentence, and then writing it on our own. I put together a little file so your students can practice sentence scrambles too!

Each student needs a work mat and a set of words. There are 16 sets with 2 sentences per page in this pack.

First, have your students cut out the words {one sentence at a time until they become proficient at building sentences!}. After they touch and read each word, they have to decide what the sentence is supposed to say. We use clues to help us, like the uppercase letter will always be at the beginning of the sentence, and the word with the punctuation will always be at the end. Then we just have to sort through the other words!

After they've built their sentences correctly, they glue them down and write the sentences on the lines. This is when they have to really think about their mechanics and conventions. Not only do they have to remember to use an uppercase letter, punctuation and finger spaces, but they have to plan ahead since they only have 1 line to write each sentence! Super fine motor practice!

As my students become better at sentence building, we move from 4 word sentences:

to 5 word sentences:

to sentences with 6 words and no picture clues!

You can check out these sentence scrambles in my TpT store. They are discounted for the weekend!

AND!!! Some of my best blogging buddies and I are showering you with appreciation this Teacher Appreciation Week. You can try out some spring sight word sentence scrambles for free by clicking {here}. This will take you to our little Teacher Appreciation Hop full of some fun sample freebies!

Speaking of appreciating teachers, I will be joining Teachers pay Teachers this week in throwing a Teacher Appreciation sale! ALL of my products will be discounted 20% this Tuesday and Wednesday! And you can save an ADDITIONAL 10% by using the coupon code TPTXO at checkout!

Looking for some sight word practice ideas? Check out some of my other sight word blog posts {here}.


  1. wow! What a great product. It is totally functional but also super cute and simple. I will definitely scoop this up! :)


  2. This looks like a great product. Going to try these with my daughter.

  3. I am so sad not to have a facebook account and enjoy your freebie :(
    Great ideas! Thanks

  4. You could easily make this a center activity by printing on magnetic printable sheets. Then just have the sentence strip for the students to write on. Very cool idea!