Sentence Games

Some activities to play with sentences.
Original sentence: Jane walked to the cinema

01 Blank
Jane walked to the _____.
Students write what they think is the answer you have on your paper. If correct they receive a point.

02 Change the sentence
Change the words in the original sentence to make a completely new sentence.
Jane walked to the cinema could become Tom ran to the beach.

03 Expand the sentence
Students add more words to the original sentence to make it more interesting.
e.g. Jane walked slowly to the cinema in the afternoon sun.

You could also start with one word e.g. - 'walked' and students have to expand the sentence by adding a word to the left or right one word at a time. They lose a life if it grammatically isn't correct.

walked
I walked
I walked home
Yesterday I walked home
Yesterday I walked home with...

04 Shrink the sentence
Students remove words from the sentence to make it as simple as possible.
Jane walked slowly to the cinema in the afternoon sun.
becomes Jane walked to the cinema.

05 Wrong or right?
Jane walking to the beach.
Students decide if the sentence you provide is grammatically correct or not? If the are right they win a point.

06 A Message
Present the first letters of each word of the sentence.

J____ W____ T____ T____ C____

Can students come up with another grammatically correct sentence?
e.g. Justin watered the trees carefully

07 A Grammar Sketch
On one side of a small piece of paper students write the sentence:
Jane walked to the cinema.
On the other side reveal the artist within them and get them to draw the sentence. Now you have a flashcard.

08 What's the sentence?

Similar to hangman. Students guess missing words rather than letters.

Jane _____ to the _____.

09 What's the sentence II?

The following sentence has had one particular vowel removed.
Can you work it out?

janwalkdtothcinma

the answer is e: Jane walked to the cinema

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