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Having students unscramble sentences focuses their attention on correct word order of English syntax. They should reassemble scrambled sentences only after they have read the original sentences in their intact form. Using sentences from one of their language experience stories is especially good since they have not only read the sentences several times, but they composed them using language within their repertoires. This activity can be used effectively with elementary children.

  1. Have 3 5 related sentences (paragraph, short story) written on the board or on a chart. For example:
Our class went to an apple orchard.
We saw many apple trees.
We picked a lot of apples.
We put the apples in a big basket.
We brought the apples back to school.

  2. Write each sentence on a strip of paper.

  3. Cut the sentences keeping phrases intact, for example:
Our class      went       to an apple orchard.

  4. Have the children read the sentences from the board or chart.

  5. Cover the paragraph.

  6. Point to the first sentence. Tell the children that you have cut up this sentence; you will mix up the words, and they can put the sentence back together.

  7. Put the 3 cards with the phrases on the table in mixed order.

  8. The children work together to put the cards in the right order.

  9. When they are done, show them the sentence on the board or chart and have them compare their work with the model sentence. Discuss any errors.

  10. Proceed in the same manner for the rest of the sentences. When the children can complete this task successfully as a group, let them do it individually.