Students will read the sample statements provided. Using their knowledge and experiences, they will determine an appropriate word that will complete the sentence in a coherent manner.
After they have practiced completing the sample statements, place the students in teams and have each team develop five to ten statements that leave missing words. An "answer key" with the missing words for each will also be developed by the team.
Each team will then exchange statements with another and determine what
the missing words are. The teacher will have the answer key to check correct
responses. The answers do not have to be the exact words in the answer
key but must make sense in the context of the sentence. The sentence must
have a subject and a verb, the correct tense of the verb, and subject-verb
agreement. Correct spelling of words is also essential.
This activity can also be extended by the teacher to include such other content areas as science, mathematics, social studies, and geography. For example, if the class has been involved in science lessons about plants and how they grow, you may give them the following sentences to complete:
Plants need ______, ________, _______ in order to grow and stay alive.
Some plants can live and grow without _____________.
________ grows only in _________________.
Sentence: The man ________ the little boy fall.
Possible correct answers: saw, made
The man saw the little boy fall.
Incorrect answers: was, laugh, walk
The man was the little boy fall.
Other incorrect answers would be the incorrect tense of the verbs saw and made.
My _________ came to visit last summer, I hope _______ will come back soon.
Did you know that ____________ have wings?
______________ do experiments to find out how or why something happens.
The capital city of our state is _____________________.
The leader of our city is the _____________________.
The leader of our state is the _____________________
The leader of our country is the _____________________.
The tallest building in our city is the ____________________.
Chin Lee had one hundred and seventy-five dollars. He went downtown shopping and spent $96. He came home with ____________ left.
Excerpted from Beyond Rhetoric and Rainbows: A Journey to the Place Where Learning Lives ©1996 University of Illinois Extension.