In this 22-page no-prep pack, we help students step up from simple sentence structures like Subject-Verb-Object structures (e.g. The boy kicked the ball.”) to a more complex structure: Subject-Verb-Object (indirect)-Object (direct), e.g. “The boy gave his mum flowers”.
For many people who are learning English as a second language and/or who have developmental language delays, this sentence structure causes all sorts of trouble. And with good reason – it’s pretty weird and doesn’t work for all verbs, even though it’s also very common in English!
Typically developing children usually acquire this sentence structure at around the age of 30-36 months, although people who are learning English as a second language and/or have a communication disorder may struggle to grasp the pattern without practice.
This pattern works best with common verbs like “give” (and synonyms of “give”), “send”, “bring”, “cook” and “sing”. This no-preparation pack is designed to help support people who need help with these sentences, and features these verbs, as well as school, home and community vocabulary, to help stimulate oral language development, with pictures and words to scaffold the structure for students.
This pack can be used for drill-play activities, with reinforcement given for correct productions. Alternatively, laminate and cut up the cards for sentence construction sorting games.
For less (and more) complicated structures, check out our other sentence bundles here.