Sentence Order


In our Sentence Order lesson plan, students learn how to put words in the correct order within sentences and sentences in the correct order within paragraphs.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to conduct a class “Sentence Bee” where you give students words out of order and have them use them correctly in a sentence.

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What our Sentence Order lesson plan includes

Sentence Order teaches students about proper word order in sentences and proper sentence order in paragraphs. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to correctly order words and phrases using the three types of sentences- simple, complex, and compound, as well as place sentences within order in a paragraph. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are scissors and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can pair students for the activity, gather the supplies, and copy the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to this lesson is to have students create sentences by writing each word on a different post-it note and then meeting with other students to reorder the words to create a complete sentence. You can also conduct a class “Sentence Bee” where you give students words out of order and have them use them correctly in a sentence. Finally, you could use current reading or other content to create short paragraphs that are out of order for students to correct.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that the lesson will help students learn to reorder three different types of sentences: simple, complex, and compound. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Words and Sentences

The Sentence Order lesson plan includes three content pages. The lesson begins by reminding students that they need words to create sentences, but that it’s possible to place the words in the wrong order when writing a sentence. You need to make sure to put them in the right order so that anyone reading your sentence understands it and so that you can communicate effectively.

The lesson asks students to read six sentences and think about how they would correctly rewrite them. Some of them might already be correct. It then asks students whether or not they found the sentences difficult to read. Sentences that are out of order are harder to read, and someone reading one of these sentences will need to read very slowly to understand what is being said.

The lesson then shows the sentences with the words written in the correct order, showing how much easier it is to understand them. Sometimes it’s easier to figure out which words are in the wrong order by reading the sentences aloud.

We have three main types of sentences: simple, compound, and complex. It’s easier to write simple sentences correctly, but we do also need to use compound and complex sentences, so we need to pay attention to word placement.

The lesson includes another example that shows both an incorrect and correct sentence. Both word order and sentence order within paragraphs are important for reading comprehension.

Sentences and Paragraphs

We use words to make sentences, and we also use sentences to make paragraphs. Therefore, we must also make sure to put the sentences in the right order. The lesson includes an example paragraph that shows how confusing it can be to read a paragraph with the sentences in the wrong order. It then includes the paragraph with the sentences in the correct order to illustrate how much easier it is to read.

Make sure to pay attention to the word and sentence order as you write. This will help people understand what you’re trying to say. Practice reading your writing out loud to check to make sure everything is in the right place.


The Sentence Order lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will work with a partner to complete this activity. Each pair will cut out the words and sentences on the worksheets and will then use those sentences to create 3-sentence paragraphs that they will write down on a separate sheet of paper. They can use each sentence more than once.

Students can also work alone or in groups to complete this activity.


For the practice worksheet, students will rewrite the sentences, placing the words in the right order and including the correct punctuation. They will also rewrite a paragraph’s sentences in the correct order.


The homework assignment asks students to rewrite three paragraphs in the correct order. They will also rewrite the words in the sentences in one paragraph in the correct order.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


3rd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.