Invite students to discover the four kinds of sentences by playing a kinesthetic game (four corners) and creating a digital selfie comic strip!

1. I can find out the four kinds of sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory.
2. I can produce a digital selfie comic strip using the four types of sentences.
3. I'm able to add punctuation to sentences and determine the sentence type utilizing a color-coded system.

Download the Printable to Go With This Lesson (PDF)

Introduce the lesson by speaking with students concerning the fact that there are different types of sentences. Next, indicate the sentence banners (featured within the printable linked above) and ask students if anyone can explain or give a good example of the sentence types listed. Then, review the definitions from the four kinds of sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory. Definitions: “The declarative sentence constitutes a statement. The imperative sentence gives a direction or perhaps a command. The interrogative sentence asks an issue. The exclamatory sentence is a statement that shows strong emotion or excitement.”

Whole-Group Game: Four Corners

1. Hang the sentence banners in every corner from the classroom.
2. Students choose a corner to stand.
3. Teacher reads a sentence.
4. If students believe it is the sentence type designated by their corner, they sit down.
5. If students are wrong (they stand up within the wrong corner/don’t fully stand up in the correct corner), they're out of the game!
6. Students who're correct get a punctuation badge (sticker).
7. Teacher reads 10 sentences (contained in the PDF). A student with the most stickers may be the Sentence Champ!

Punctuation badges shown above: round color-coded label stickers with punctuation marks ( . ? ! ) drawn on them.

Independent Work: Digital Selfie Caricature Project
Using the net 2.0 tool Chogger, students produce a Selfie Caricature while using four types of sentences. Have students choose the four-box template on Chogger. Next, they take selfies of themselves making different facial expressions to match each sentence type.

Facial Expression Examples:
Declarative – straight face
Imperative – finger pointing/stern face
Interrogative – thinking/wondering
Exclamatory – excited/smiling/thumbs up/cheering

After students have their head shots put into the boxes, have them add speech bubbles and kind a sentence in each one. Not only is this project fun, but teachers can measure the students’ writing and understanding of the four sentence types. Once students finish their comics, take screenshots of their work. Then you definitely don't have to be worried about developing a login or password on Chogger. Possess the students placed their screenshot in short document and create a title: Four Kinds of Sentences Comic. Then, print it for that students to talk about!

Four Types of Sentences Exit Slip
Pass out the Exit Slip featured below and have students make use of a color-coded system to write their punctuation and sentence-type names.
Declarative – orange
Imperative – yellow
Interrogative – blue
Exclamatory – red

Reinforcement: Real World Use of Four Sentence Types
For reinforcement, have students use their new knowledge and skills of sentence types by utilizing four different highlighters and locating the sentence types in a single of the writing compositions. Tell the children to select one of their narratives in their writing notebook. They must select a highlighter color to represent each kind of sentence. Then, they highlight sentences within their composition, color-coding them by type. Once they are finished, ask them to seek advice from you to see when they could identify the different types in their own writing.

Wrapping Up
As a whole group, go over the sentence type vocabulary: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory. Ask students to give you the meaning for each one. Then, possess the students share their math comic strips using their peers to assist further their understanding of different sentence types.

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Erin Bittman is really a student at the University of Cincinnati. She is a student teacher in a multi-grade classroom (second and third grades) in a magnet-themed school. Take a look at her blog E Is perfect for Explore!