Monday, December 6, 2010

Superb Sentences!

We recently worked on a lesson about plural nouns. 
We learned that often when a word ends with f or fe
we need to make the f a v and add -es.

For example:

thief becomes thieves 

bookshelf becomes bookshelves

leaf becomes leaves

When completing a worksheet on this skill, 
we not only practiced with plurals, we took very simple sentences
and created high-level


Instead of:  One thief ran away...

Carly wrote: Two monstrous thieves dashed away with the heroic men chasing them to the Houston, Texas, police station.

Kevin wrote: Four thieves in black coats raced away from the police after robbing a rich bank.

Gal wrote: I spied two huge thieves, and they trotted away to the park.

Edo wrote: The ten scary thieves sprinted away into the house, and I spied on them.


Instead of: The bookshelf broke...

Jamie wrote: While my class was reading, the feeble, unique bookshelves collapsed 
in the ancient library!

Jordyn wrote: One afternoon, the tremendous bookshelves fell apart in the colossal library 

Mikayla wrote: Three unusually hollow bookshelves shattered in my pink and cozy room.

Jack wrote: Two ancient bookshelves snapped and dented the floor in the library!

Emily wrote: In the museum, the special hand-made bookshelves crashed right to the ground, and the 100-year-old books all ripped!

Ariel wrote: In the library, the colossal monster crashed the bookshelves, and the heroic boy came to stop the creature!

Shawn wrote: In the library, two colossal bookshelves crashed with a thump.

Justin wrote: In the family room the feeble bookshelves collapsed when someone tried to put an enormous book away.

Aidan wrote: Three tremendous bookshelves collapsed in the ancient library.

Rachel wrote: The one-hundred-year-old bookshelves tumbled over and were demolished!


Instead of: I see a green leaf...

Grace wrote: At 2:00A. M.,  I spied long, green leaves on a scratchy bush at the gigantic park.

Leah wrote: I peeked at a collection of green, glowing leaves in my colossal, grassy backyard.

Philip wrote: I spotted lots of red, orange, and yellow leaves in my precious, white bedroom.

Ella wrote: On Monday, I spotted one hundred bright green leaves in my wide backyard.

Sydney wrote: I spied pretty, green leaves on a maple tree in my own backyard.

Tristan wrote: I checked out smooth, red and green compound leaves in the colossal museum.


How did you like our sentence gems?

Which vocabulary words were you most impressed with?

Do you have another sentence gem to share?


  1. Daphna (Ella's Mom)December 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and the class,

    I am thoroughly impressed with everyone’s gems. You all had high level vocabulary in your sentences!

    I realized I never thanked you for letting me spend some time with you in class before Thanksgiving, so I thought I may thank you by writing a sentence with some gems…

    The week prior to Thanksgiving, it was my immense pleasure to bake the scrumptious, delicious, mouth-watering loaves of pumpkin bread.

    Thank you for letting me bake with you and for letting me polish my vocabulary!

    Daphna (Ella’s mom)

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I loved the sentence gems.

    I was most impressed with the words feeble, trotted and sprinted.

    Two colossal thieves broke into an precious ancient library located next to an famous statute in London, England.

    All the best,

  3. Goodness, Gracious, Glorious Gems!!

    One thief limped away after I broke a bookshelf on his head! I am relieved he didn't nab my favorite green leaf collection!


    Justin's Silly Mom

  4. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    It was so fun making gems. My gem

    was I spied two huge thieves and

    they trotted away in the park. My

    high level vocabulary word is trotted.

    All the best,

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I prized all the gem sentences!

    The vocabulary words I am most impressed with are peeked, unique, and trotted.

    Ten mysterious thieves scampered away, with all of the stolen riches from the bank they robbed.

    Your student,

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I find those gems breathtaking. The word that I thought was the best in my sentence was hand-made. I hope all of you are happy with your gems. I actually liked them all.


  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    The sentence Gems were certainly superb. They were extremely enjoyable to make and they turned out extraordinary and fantastic!

    I was most impressed with demolish and hollow.

    Th police reported that sixteen monstrous, alarming thieves quarreled with them as they questioned if the thieves honestly robbed a delicate and pre-historic library.

    Sentence Gems are fun!

    All the best,

  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,
    Here's my gem...

    I enjoy looking out at the various changing colors of the beautifully shaped leaves during the crisp, cool, fragrant, and misty Fall mornings.

    Ricki (Philip's mom)

  9. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    Your Gem sentences were terrific! What I noticed most of all was the great use of interesting vocabulary words. I loved to read students using words like feeble, tremendous, dashed, trotted, sprinted, shattered, peeked, precious, spied, glowing and gigantic.


    I love learning new words every day and I try and use them so that I don't forget them.

    See you tomorrow,

    Mrs. Harding

  10. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    I loved the gems.

    I loved that we came up with fantastic ideas. Good work everybody!


  11. Dear Mrs. Harding,

    Thank you for your amazing compliment! I love using high level vocabulary too. :) I hope you enjoyed our sentence gems!

    I have a question:

    Do you have a sentence gem to share with us?

    All the best,

  12. Dear Principal Harding,

    Thanks for commenting on our blog.

    Thanks for the compliment.

    Happy Holidays!
    All the best,

  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved everyone's gems!
    I was most impressed with the word "shattered" written by Mikayla.
    @Mikayla Great vocabulary!!

    This is my gem...

    The mammoth astronauts were furious because they couldn't orbit the earth and finish their task.

    Leah :)

  14. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I am astonished with everybody's vocabulary.

    Here is my gem:

    If a furious, frayed, mammoth animal has a task they will not want assistance.

    Happy Holidays! :)


  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved writing new gems during class!

    Here is my gem:

    "Have you ever been on a voyage in the beautiful, interesting meadow during the sensational and hot summer?" questioned Lauren.

    Happy Holidays!

    Your Student,

  16. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I love all the gems! Here are the words I liked best...glowing, collection, grassy, precious, compound, maple, spotted, one hundred, bright, spied, demolished, collapsed, thump, hand-made, dented, shattered, tremendous, ancient, unique, sprinted, trotted, rich, raced, dashed, colossal, crashed, heroic,& creature. A tremendous mysterious statue watches over Barletta.

    Ariel :)

  17. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    I have a gem to share with everyone.

    On December 3, 2010,

    Two horrible kids sloshed in the mammoth lake in Calabasas, California!

    All the best,

  18. Happy Holidays to all, The Elves have been busy this holiday season. Getting those children who celebrate Hanukah their gifts ontime and their work is not done, as many children are waiting for Christmas.
    Elves is plural for all the elfs who are busy making gifts for good boys and girls. So be good and watch out for the elves on Christmas Eve.
    Elves are dwarves ( dwarf for small) and here is a list of words
    that change f to v for plural
    •becomes Wives (housewife - housewives; farmwife - farmwives)

    •Knife becomes Knives (pocketknife - pocketknives; penknife - penknives)

    •Life becomes Lives (afterlife - afterlives)

    •Dwarf to Dwarves (in some uses, others use Dwarfs)
    •Thief to Thieves
    •Hoof to Hooves
    •wolf - wolves
    •calf - calves

    •elf - elves

    •half- halves

    •loaf - loaves

    •self - selves

    •shelf - shelves (bookshelf - bookshelves)

    •safe - saves

    •Himself - Himselves

    •herself - herselves

    •scarf - scarves

    •Wharf - wharves
    •Leaf - Leaves

    A big thank you goes to the internet. What a wonderful source of information you have at your finger tips.
    Aidan's Grammy

  19. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    This is Carly and Jamie. Carly came up with a gem sentence.

    Here it is:

    Sometimes when I assist my dad, I orbit around the room, and I think about how phenomenal my dad's task is.

    Jamie also came up with a gem sentence.

    Here it is:

    "What year did the first man-madespace shuttle orbit around the world?" questioned Jordyn.

    Here some gems we came up with together:

    The dilapidated, mammoth coat was sitting in the meadow left by a bothersome, extremely tremendous grizzly bear.

    An old, frayed man was being chased by 13 monstrous, negative thieves.

    A fantastic worker sloshed during an overcast day on his way to go to his task to assist his boss.

    Happy Holidays!

    Carly and Jamie

  20. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    It was so fun making the sentences that were gems. I had three vocabulary words. One of the words is spied. The other one was huge. The last one was trotted. My sentence was "I spied on two huge thieves and they ran away to the park." I only had two favorites. One of my favorite ones was Jamie's. The other one was Carly's. Jamie and Carly were one of the people who had the most vocabulary words, that's why I picked them. I hope you have a fun weekend.

    All the best,

  21. @Gal

    Thank you for saying that you like my sentence. I also enjoyed reading your sentence. My favorite word in your sentence was trotted.


    I think that everybody did an outstanding job!

    I have a gem:

    In Palm Springs, there was a mini tree surrounded by lots of sensational green leaves, and beautiful, colorful flowers.

    Happy New Year!

    All the best,

  22. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I think that everybody's sentence was phenomenal, but all in different ways.

    I really liked the way that some people use some great high level words in their sentence.

    I liked some of the high level words that people used for broke.

    Warmest Regards,


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