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Silly sentence is a game students can play to learn about adjectives, nouns, adverbs and verbs. Players need to put either an adjective, noun, verb or adverb into its correct place in the sentence without knowing what the rest of the sentence says. Some very bizarre and funny sentences can be created using this method and there are many activities which can follow on from this game. I remember doing an activity similar to this when I was in school but it was based around a whole paragraph or very short story. If you like this activity I would suggest expanding it in a similar way. Have fun!
- Silly Sentence templates to write sentence on
Aim of the Game:
- To create a silly sentence by adding the required type of word (adjective, noun, verb or adverb) without knowing what the rest of the sentence reads.
How to Play:
- Students are put into groups of four in the classroom.
- Each group is given the template Silly Sentence piece of paper. Normal paper can also be used as long as students know which word they need to add to the paper. The sentence needs to start with the word ‘The’.
- The paper is passed around the group one at a time.
- The first player writes an adjective then folds the paper so the adjective is hidden from the next player.
- The next player writes a noun below the adjective and then folds the paper so that the adjective is hidden.
- The next player writes ‘Was’ and then a Verb, they then fold the paper so the verb is hidden.
- The last player writes an adverb below where the verb would be.
- Once all groups have done this they take turns sharing their sentence with the whole class.
- The teacher can give rewards for; the funniest sentence, the most interesting sentence or the sentence that makes the most sense.
There are many extension activities that can be done with the created sentences. Students could write a story using this sentence to start the story, students could act out the scene using the sentence or they could draw a picture to show the sentence.