Sunday, January 19, 2014

Discussion time: Phrase or sentence?

Discussion Topic: How to teach the difference between a phrase and a complete sentence.
Top Recommendations: Schoolhouse Rock, Colorful Semantics, Tense Builder and Sentence Builder

Amy wrote: How about ways to teach our son the difference between a phrase and a complete sentence? It's his goal for writing this year in school. Thanks.

Continue reading to see the full list of ideas.

Heather H. asked: Amy, what grade/how old is he?

Amy replied: He is 11 yrs old (fifth grade). He sometimes uses complete sentences when he's speaking, other times not

Jeannine recommended: Get Schoolhouse Rock. They have a song about sentence structure that really helps. The rest of the songs are great too.

Melanie said: Check out colorful semantics. Here is a link:

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Kim suggested: There is a couple of app that are good, tense builder, sentence builder. 
The parts of language actually define what makes a sentence a sentence...

Tense Builder: 
From iTunes:
TenseBuilder is designed to help students learn how to identify and use correct tense forms by playing movie quality animated videos to demonstrate past, present and future tense. 48 video lessons (will expand to 58) are in place to help give students a deeper understanding about the purpose of tense. Special attention is paid to the past tense of irregular verbs.
Students will learn how to sequence events and how to differentiate between events that will happen, events that are happening now and events that have already happened. Students will also identify correct written verb forms and drag them to complete sentences. 

Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills and promote carryover of these target verb forms to their conversational speech.

Tense Builder offers a unique environment for improving a student's ability to understand tenses and use verb forms properly.

-48 target verbs with matching animated movies
-Movies employ humor to engage student
-Video modeling for each verb and tense form used
-Each verb has separate animated lesson to show past, present and future tense
-Option to focus on a particular tense
-Ability to address past tense developmentally, by first teaching regular past -ed forms and then moving to irregular past.
-Includes receptive task, where student taps the correct image to match a sentence, and an expressive task where student drags the correct verb form to complete the sentence
-Intuitive drag and drop to create sentences
-Words are spoken as they are being dragged for emerging readers
-Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
-Save and email recorded sentences

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($9.99, iPad only)


Sentence Builder:
From iTunes:
SentenceBuilder™ is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the english language. Sentence Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the grammar of all children.

- Simple and intuitive interface to build sentences
- 100 distinct pictures to build sentences around
- 3 Levels of play
- 60 encouragement animations and audio clips
- Optional correct sentence audio re-enforcement
- Option correct sentence encouragement animation
- Statistics to track students progress
- Each student has their own stats page
- Two teenager modules available with 50 images each

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:
($5.99, iPad only)

 ($5.99, iPhone only)

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Odd Socks Mummy wasn't sure of the difference between a phrase and a complete sentence until completing this post!!

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