Do you have a reluctant writer that has trouble writing a simple sentence? I know it can be hard to know where or how to get started on encouraging your child to write. And sometimes, it’s even harder to get kids to love writing, but it isn’t impossible.
We are here to help! It is now easy to share some fun sentence starters that will get your kids laughing AND writing!
First, begin with some interesting sentence starters. We have a great printable sentence strip game for you in this post. They are some wonderfully creative sentence starters that will get kids’ minds jogging and they will begin writing their own sentences, paragraphs and stories in no-time! Reluctant writers will be a thing of the past!
Fun Sentence Starters for Stories
You can use this activity to be very basic like writing a complete sentence. A complete sentence is one that:
- Has a subject (a noun ~ person, place, thing or idea)
- Contains an action word (a verb)
- It makes sense when read aloud
- It begins in a capital letter
- And it ends in punctuation (period, question mark or exclamation point)
To make this creative printable writing sentence starters activity, you will need: this Sentence Starters Strips printable (at the end of this wonderful post), a color printer, cardstock, and scissors.
Alright, print out these writing sentence starters in color and cut out the rectangle and the strips. On the rectangle, there are six vertical lines. Use one blade of your scissors and cut over each line so the strips can slide in and be moved from side to side.
These examples for sentence starters include a subject, a verb and a predicate to make a complete sentence. The rectangle indicates where each strip goes and the strips are also marked with what they are, subject, verb or predicate.
Grade 3 to Grade 1 Sentence Starters
I have used this activity with 3rd graders and it was a lot of fun, but I have also used it with my daughter, who is in grade 1. I didn’t need to modify it much at all. I just had to help her a little more with spelling some of the words she wanted to use in her sentences. Her creative writing has improved since we started using this.
These are great sentence starters for kids because they help get the kids’ minds jogging (and laughing) for them to start writing their own sentences, paragraphs and stories. We include 2 strips with subjects, 2 strips with verbs and 2 strips of predicates.
We also have one empty strip for each so your kids can fill them out once they get their creative juices going. Imagine coming up with Spring and Summer sentence starters or even Fall or Winter sentence starters! The sky is the limit!
Once they have slid the strips to make a sentence, my kids use fun lined paper to help with handwriting, penmanship and fine motor skills practice. They can also draw a picture to go with their sentences.
Printable Sentence Strip Activity for Reluctant Writers
Now it’s your turn to get this awesome list of sentence starters! Get your reluctant kids writing with this fantastic sentence builder game.
Just enter your name and your email address below and check your inbox for the PDF file! That’s it! You can print it out right away or you can download it and save it on your computer to use later.
Don’t you just love these funny sentence starters? Kids will have a blast with these!
CLICK HERE to get the sentence starters for kids!
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Students write the correct sentence structure by comparing and contrasting, filling in the blanks or playing dice games.
Make funny sentences at the roll of the dice! They will also practice writing their sentences with correct spelling.
Students will practice sight words, transition words and even reading fluency and comprehension will improve with this activity.