Doodle Sentence-Pals

Time Required: Two or three 30-minute sessions
Skill Level: Beginner
Recommended Grades: K to 2nd

Students will work in pairs to doodle a Sentence-Pal, which will be used as a reminder of what is needed to write a complete sentence. Students will use their Sentence-Pals like paper dolls, and dress them in sentence strips, which will then be checked and corrected using a 3Doodler. Students will also write their own Sentence-Pal strips.

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Lesson Plan



*If you are using foam board strips for Sentence Pal bodies, precut 1 1/2" x 4" strips, one strip for each pair of students.

Step 2

Whole group: Project your tablet or computer screen on the board for students to view the Doodle Sentence-Pals and related poem from the Sentence-Pals Worksheet.

Step 3

Read the Sentence-Pal poem aloud. Then have students read it along with you. Discuss the parts of a sentence, e.g., capital letter, noun, verb, and punctuation.

Step 4

Model how to doodle a Sentence-Pal. Segment off larger fill areas to make doodling easier. *To save plastic, use foam board strips for the body and weld head, arms, and feet to it. Allow students to embellish with 3Doodler, adding belt, necklace, watch, etc. Doodle a rectangle as a stand. Weld Sentence-Pal to stand.

Step 5

Note the parts of the Pal, i.e., capital at the top of the head, noun and verb in the middle, and punctuation at the feet.

Step 6

Demonstrate how to check each sentence using your doodled Sentence-Pal and teacher- made sentence strips. Sentence strips may be used to "dress up" a Sentence-Pal using tabs. Turn the pal sideways to check the sentence.

Step 7

Share the goal: Partners will doodle their own Doodle Sentence-Pal, cut out the sentence strips from the Sentence-Strip Worksheet and use their Doodle Sentence-Pal to check them. If a sentence is incorrect, students must use their 3Doodlers to fix it, e.g., adding a capital letter, adding punctuation, adding a subject, etc.

Step 8

Hand out 3Doodlers and one Sentence-Pals Worksheet to each pair. Circle to assist as students doodle. Students can personalize their Doodle-Sentence-Pals, but must include the symbols and words that identify parts of a complete sentence.

Step 9

Hand out the Sentence-Strip Worksheet for students to cut apart sentences and dress up their Doodle Sentence-Pals. They will then use the 3Doodlers to make any corrections needed.

Wrap Up

As a whole group, review the Sentence-Strips and then instruct students to use the blank sentence strips to write their own complete sentences. Instruct them to doodle the capital letters and punctuation.


The teacher will assess students’ work based on their ability to recognize missing punctuation, capitalization in sentences, as well as writing their own complete sentences with subject, verb, capitalization, and punctuation.

Possible Extensions

Students will write their own rhyming or non-rhyming poem about their Sentence-Pal.


  • alphabet - set of letters or other characters with which one or more languages are written especially if arranged in a customary order.

  • capital letter - a letter of the alphabet that usually differs from its corresponding lowercase letter in form and height, as A, B, Q, and R as distinguished from a, b, q, and r: used as the initial letter of a proper name, the first word of a sentence, etc.

  • capitalization - the act or process of capitalizing.

  • language arts - the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student's comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language.

  • literacy - the quality or state of being literate.

  • noun - any member of a class of words that can function as the main or only elements of subjects of verbs (A dog just barked), or of objects of verbs or prepositions (to send money from home), and that in English can take plural forms and possessive endings (Three of his buddies want to borrow John's laptop). Nouns are often described as referring to persons, places, things, states, or qualities, and the word noun is itself often used as an attributive modifier, as in noun compound; noun group.

  • phonics - a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables.

  • punctuation - the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to separate elements and make the meaning clear, as in ending a sentence or separating clauses.

  • reading - the form or version of a given passage in a particular text.

  • sentence - a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses an independent statement, question, request, command, exclamation, etc., and that typically has a subject as well as a predicate, as in John is here. or Is John here? In print or writing, a sentence typically begins with a capital letter and ends with appropriate punctuation; in speech it displays recognizable, communicative intonation patterns and is often marked by preceding and following pauses.

  • sight words - commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

  • verb - any member of a class of words that function as the main elements of predicates, that typically express action, state, or a relation between two things, and that may be inflected for tense, aspect, voice, mood, and to show agreement with their subject or object.

  • word family - commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

  • writing - any written or printed paper, as a document or deed.

Educational Standards

Common Core

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

In This Lesson

Students will recognize when subjects or verbs are missing from the sentence-strips. Students will include a subject and a verb when writing their sentence strips.

Common Core

Print all upper and lowercase letters.

In This Lesson

Students will recognize, identify and/or correct letters that need to be capitalized at the beginning of a sentence in a sentence- strip. Students will capitalize the first letter in a sentence when writing their own sentence strips.

Common Core

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

In This Lesson

Students will recognize, identify and/or correct missing capitalization, nouns, verbs, or end punctuation when needed in the sentence strips. Students will include these elements in their own sentence strips.

Common Core

Use end punctuation for sentences.

In This Lesson

Students will recognize, identify and/or correct missing punctuation when needed in sentence strips. Students will include punctuation in their own written sentence strips.

CS Teachers

Decompose (break down) a larger problem into smaller sub-problems with teacher guidance or independently.

In This Lesson

Students will break down the process of recognizing and applying the rules of sentence construction through a process of reading a related poem, discussing it, doodling, recognizing, identifying and applying the rules when checking, correcting, and writing their own sentence strips.


Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

In This Lesson

Students will use the 3Doodler to doodle Sentence-Pals, which are used in the process of checking and correcting sentence strips.


Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

In This Lesson

Students will use a 3Doodler to personalize their Doodle Sentence-Pals using selected colors and designs.


Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

In This Lesson

Students will seek feedback from a partner during all stages of the process for this activity, and the extension activity.

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