How and Why To Use Scrambled Sentences In Elementary

There are many factors that go into reading comprehension. There’s decoding, vocabulary, grammar, fluency, and sentence structure, to name a few (check out my post here to learn how teach reading to follow directions).

Sentence structure sounds simple, but for younger students, it can be a challenging topic. They have to understand the components of a sentence and how to put them together in a way that sounds fluent and natural. That’s no easy task! 

Sentence structure is important because the way sentences are put together can make a huge difference in meaning. This is also a huge part of developing writing skills. When students understand sentence structure, they become better writers! 

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One of the best ways to work on sentence structure is by using scrambled sentences. 

This is a pretty popular method, for a good reason! It works! Students will get practice with capitalization, comprehension, fluency, content, sight words, and punctuation. To do this, give your students parts of a sentence for them to arrange into the right order. 

I love using these in my classroom because they are so easy to use and versatile. You can base them around themes and can be used for small group instruction, centers, or for individual practice at a desk. 

In my experience, students LOVE trying to figure out how to arrange the words into sentences. 

Another reason these are so versatile is that you can base them on common, grade-level appropriate sight words that can be practiced over and over in context. 

Interested in trying them out for yourself? Check out my free Cinderella Scrambled Sentences Resource. 

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This FREE themed sentence scramble has a total of 33 cards for students to arrange in the correct order to build a sentence and then write them. 

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If you love them, make sure to check out the full bundle! 

You’ll get 13 scrambled sentences products with different themes. Halloween, Fairy Tales, Thanksgiving, Sight Words, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King, and more! 

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All of these activities are perfect for first, second, or third grade students. I love these because they are effective and easy for teachers to prepare and organize for centers.

Are you using scrambled sentences in your lessons? Let me know in the comments!

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