46 Sentence Starters

These printable sentence starters are ideal to encourage brainstorming and writing in all levels of K-3 – Use them 2-3 times a week as journal writing

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Sentence Starters - D'Nealian


Sentence Starters - Zaner-Bloser


How to use this teaching resource

  • These can be used in so many different ways……don’t forget to MODEL, MODEL, MODEL, and have talked about and brainstormed vocabulary, have words displayed etc.*children cut out the sentence starter strip and glue into books – children use vocab prompts etc to finish the sentence themselves, or wait to dictate it to a teacher/helper.
  • *children cut out the words and glue back in order to make the sentence starter – children finish as above
  • *further down the track, children could also copy the whole sentence themselves at the bottom of their page after drawing a wonderful picture which fills up the entire page.
  • *use the full strips or cut up strips for children to glue onto a separate individual large sheet which after finishing and illustrating can be turned into a class book.
  • Ideal as a literacy rotating group task or center task
  • Have a specific ‘journal’ or ‘sentences’ book into which all of their sentence writing goes – great to look back on their progress over the year as sentences become fuller.
  • Ideal for introducing simple sentence structure and grammar concepts.
  • Even for older students you can set the task at a higher level, for example with ‘I can see a …..’ ask the older children to include describing words, and full detail and situation description for their sentence.
  • If the size of the sentence strips is too big just reduce them by choosing the 2 pages in 1 or smaller printing option on your printer.
  • We have tried to weave themes and special days into some of the sentence starters.
  • Many of these starters / journal writing prompts can also be matched up well with many of our concept books.

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