3rd Grade - Create A Paragraph

 
     
 
     
 
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3rd
Writing
Create a paragraph
Create a single paragraph: Develop a topic sentence, Include simple supporting facts and details (organization and focus)
The ability to write a cohesive paragraph. Student must understand paragraph format and the idea that a paragraph must be organized so that a topic sentence is followed by supporting details. The ability to identify topic sentences and matching supporting details.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is a paragraph?


(2)

What is a topic sentence? A topic sentence is usually the first sentence in a simple paragraph and it tells us what the paragraph will be about.


(3)

What is a supporting detail? Supporting details usually follow the topic sentence in a simple paragraph and they support the main idea.


(4)

Does that topic sentence match those supporting details?


(5)

Do those supporting details match that topic sentence?

Learning Tips

(1)

Children will pick up on paragraph organization by reading chapter books. Have them point out indentations and paragraph breaks.

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In addition, nonfiction books are usually organized by topics. In most cases, a paragraph or group of paragraphs will stick to the topic at hand.

(3)

Read along with your child and ask them to identify topic sentences and supporting details in nonfiction texts.

(4)

Talk to your child in a focused conversation to get practice with main idea. Throw in a detail that does not make sense with what you were talking about and see if your child notices naturally. If they don’t point it out to them.

(5)

Have your child talk to you while keeping a focus. Give them the focus such as my favorite sport and ask them to stick to the topic.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

A student begins a paragraph in their report with, “Chimpanzees are one of the smartest animals”. What would be a good supporting fact to match this topic sentence?

(2)

Only one sentence is the topic sentence for the rest of the sentences. A) Babies usually learn to walk on average at 11 months. B) They also learn to crawl at 7-9 months. C) Babies can hold up their heads at about 3 months. D) Babies learn many things their first year of life. Circle the topic sentence.

(3)

The topic sentence of a paragraph is, “Dolphins can communicate with other dolphins”. One of the following is not a supporting sentence. A) They make sounds loud enough for other dolphins to hear. B) Their sounds travel through water. C) Dolphins are mammals. Which sentence does not support the topic sentence?

(4)

Fill in the topic sentence for the following paragraph. ____________________________________________ Cactus are able to store water so they can survive without rain in the desert. Camels also keep water in their humps so that they live without water for months. Living without water can be tough on some of us, but some animals and plants have adapted to this way of life in the desert.

(5)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only the topic sentence is given, you fill in three supporting details.

  1. My birthday party was so fun!

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3.

(6)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only three supporting details are given, you fill in the topic sentence.

  • _______________________________________________________

1. First, the instructor taught us to paddle on our surf boards further out.

2. Then, we sat on our surf boards and waited for a wave.

3.Finally, we stood on our surf board and rode the wave..

(7)

For the next five problems, write a paragraph using the following topic sentences. Make sure to use supporting sentences that support the topic sentence.


I had a busy first day of school.

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This weekend I went to the _______________________.

(9)

My favorite animal is ____________________________.

(10)

The person I look up to the most is ____________________.

(11)

The thing I am most proud of is ________________________.

(12)

A paragraph in a report begins with, “The zoo has many animals”. What would be a good supporting detail to match this topic sentence?

(13)

Only one sentence is the topic sentence for the rest of the sentences. A) Babies usually learn to walk on average at 11 months. B) They also learn to crawl at 7-9 months. C) Babies can hold up their heads at about 3 months. D) Babies learn many things their first year of life. Circle the topic sentence.

(14)

The topic sentence of a paragraph is, “My favorite sport is basketball”. One of the following is not a supporting sentence. A) I love to dribble the ball. B) I don’t like baseball. C) I usually make a basket every time I try. Which sentence does not support the main idea?

(15)

Fill in the topic sentence for the following paragraph. ____________________________________________ Cactus are able to store water so they can survive without rain in the desert. Camels also keep water in their humps so that they live without water for months. Living without water can be tough on some of us, but some animals and plants have adapted to this way of life in the desert.

(16)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only the topic sentence is given, you fill in three supporting details.

  1. My favorite food is pizza!

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2.

3.

(17)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only three supporting details are given, you fill in the topic sentence.

  • _______________________________________________________

1. First, you take out two slices of bread.

2. Then, you spread mustard and mayonnaise on the bread or whatever you like on your sandwhich.

3. Next, you put lunch meat on your sandwhich.

. 4. Finally, you put the two slices of bread together and enjoy!

(18)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only the topic sentence is given, you fill in three supporting details.

  1. My mom is the best!

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2.

3.

(19)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only the topic sentence is given, you fill in three supporting details.

  1. ________________ is my favorite subject!

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2.

3.

(20)

The following is an outline for a paragraph. Only the topic sentence is given, you fill in three supporting details.

  1. My favorite game is _____________________!

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2.

3.

(21)

The topic sentence of a paragraph is, “My favorite sport is baseball”. One of the following is not a supporting sentence. A) My little brother always bothers me. B) I love to hit the ball with a bat. C) I can catch the baseball with my mitt. Which sentence does not support the main idea?

(22)

Fill in the topic sentence for the following paragraph. ____________________________________________ I can type on the computer. I can also use it to do research on the internet when I need to. But best of all, I love to play games on the computer!

(23)

A student begins a paragraph in their report with, “Elephants use their trunks for many things.” What would be a good supporting fact to match this topic sentence?

(24)

A student begins a paragraph in their report with, “There are many games played in the Olympics.” What would be a good supporting fact to match this topic sentence?

(25)

A student begins a paragraph in their report with, “American football is a tough sport.” What would be a good supporting fact to match this topic sentence?

 

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