Are you looking for some writing complete sentences worksheets for your young students?
Learning to write proper sentences is one of the most foundational parts of a quality education…but it can be rocky for kids to fully understand.
And even more rocky for kids to *remember* the parts of sentences as they are writing them.
Oh, yes, they might remember to place a capital letter at the beginning and the correct ending mark, but it’s still just a group of words.
Not a complete thought.
But have no fear! The below sentence writing worksheets will take you and your kids step-by-step through all the parts of a sentence!
Your kids will be writing solidly and confidently in no time.
As an added bonus, I added my own favorite tips to help kids check their own work! So be sure to check out my comments below each worksheet, and my top tip at the end of the packet.
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This first grammar worksheet introduces the two main parts of a sentence: subject and predicate.
- Subject: Tells us who or what the sentence is about.
- Predicate: Tell us what something or someone does
Go through these definitions with your child and make sure they understand them. Use the example sentence, but I would also encourage you to write some of your own sentences, too.
Ask your child to give you a topic – any topic – and then write a silly sentence for them. Ask them who or what the sentence is about – subject!
Then ask them what the subject is doing – predicate!
When your child feels fairly comfortable with this concept, move on to completing the bottom half of the worksheet.
Work side by side as the child circles the subject and underlines the predicate in the basic sentences.
In this next worksheet, your student will be writing each part of the sentence.
To complete, tell your student to read the sentence. Then have her write the subject and predicate of the sentence on the corresponding lines.
During these early stages of learning sentence structure, have the student write the complete subject and complete predicate.
If your student struggles with this activity, here is a helpful tip – work backward!
Most people try to find the subject first, but some kids learn better if you teach them to find the verb or verb phrase first.
Assuming she understands parts of speech, ask the child what the verb or action word in the sentence is.
Then ask who or what is doing the action. That would be the subject!
This next worksheet features an eye-catching monster!
The top of the printable will take your children through how to identify if they have written sentence fragments or complete, full sentences.
The top two examples have very important missing parts, but the third one is a well-developed sentence with all the correct parts.
For some extra practice, have your child give you random topics and write your own fragments and correct sentences. See if she can identify if they are complete or incomplete before moving on to the next part of the sheet.
Once she is ready, read each of the sentences on the worksheet together.
Have the child write in the blank space if the sentence is complete or incomplete.
If that is a struggle or if the child is unsure, here is a good tip!
Tell the child that they have just run up to their best friend and blurted out these words. Will their friend know what they mean? Would they be confused? Why?
The real-life visual usually helps kids identify that key information is missing.
As an added activity, have the child dictate to you a complete sentence from the fragments.
And here we are at the end of the packet.
Students will carefully match each subject to the corresponding predicate in order to form a correct sentence.
When the student has correctly matched each part, they can then write the sentences on the lines below.
As an alternative, have the child match the subjects and predicates. But end the activity by having the child dictate to you 7 complete, well-developed sentences.
Have them say a sentence about each of the animals on the printable, or feel free to give them a little sentence starter inspiration of your own to get them going.
If the student gives you an incomplete sentence, go ahead and write it down anyway. Then have the student point out the subject and predicate of the sentence to you.
When the child realizes that a part of the sentence is missing, ask them to dictate it to you again with the missing part.
The #1 Tip I’ve Learned For Teaching Kids How To Write In Complete Sentences
I have used quite a bit of writing curriculum with my own three children.
All of them understood the concept of writing sentences, but things would go sideways when they started writing journal entries or paragraphs.
They would become so focused on communicating their ideas, that they would forget some of the important things they had learned.
I would start seeing things like – “The friends all went on a super fun picnic. And to the movies afterward!”
As their writing teacher, my brain would explode when they handed me things like that. I know they know how to write better than this.
Thankfully, our most recent writing curriculum gave us this editing tip: have the student read their work to you backward.
This means she reads the last sentence first and checks it for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and other grammar errors. Then she continues reading the next sentence until she gets to the beginning of the paragraph or essay.
This has helped my girls *so much* because it isolates the sentences and helps my kids to really hear what they wrote.
I strongly recommend this tip for helping kids edit their writing work.
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I hope that you and your 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, or even 4th grade students really enjoy using these printables!
Learning to write a good sentence is such an important skill for writing the English language.
It will help them to confidently move on to complex sentences, such as a compound sentence or a sentence with a dependent and independent clause.
Students will also be more prepared to recognize the difference between long sentences and run-on sentences that need to be broken up.
Of course, they will learn the different types of sentences: declarative sentences, interrogative sentences, imperative sentences, and exclamatory sentences.
And one day they will be writing a topic sentence for their first essay!
But it all starts with the very basics of what was explored in the above worksheets.
It is the foundation that your child will build on, so take your time and don’t forget the tips as you continue writing together.
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