Wacky Sentences Handwriting Workbook (Reproducible): Practice Writing in Cursive (Third and Fourth Grade)

This workbook, Wacky Sentences Handwriting Workbook, is designed to inspire interest in cursive handwriting. This workbook focuses on writing complete sentences in cursive. Kids enjoy writing wacky sentences like, “Two rabbits slept on a fox’s head,” and, “Six elephants jumped over a giraffe.” Exercises like these help to make learning fun, even at home.

Four sections of this workbook help students develop their cursive writing skills at a variety of levels:

Part 1 is the basic level. Students practice handwriting motions by tracing dotted sentences.Part 2 advances to help students begin to write on their own. In this section, students first trace a dotted sentence and then copy the sentence onto a new line. The three traditional horizontal lines are included as a guide – solid top and bottom lines plus a dashed middle line help students master the relative heights of the letters, and to write across the page in straight lines.Part 3 gives solid sentences instead of dotted sentences. At this stage, students practice their handwriting without first tracing the letters.Part 4 is the most advanced stage. The given sentences are now printed and students must now rewrite them in cursive.Beginners may wish to start out with a more basic book that offers practice with individual letters before advancing to complete sentences, such as the Letters, Words, and Silly Phrases Handwriting Workbook.

May your students or children improve their handwriting skills and enjoy reading and writing these wacky sentences.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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3 Comments

  1. Immensely creative book with loads of fun, wacky and creative sentences. I bought this book for my 9 year old boy when he showed interest in cursive writing.I was looking for a book which keeps his interest alive and is fun doing it everyday.The writer has done a wonderful job of putting together an interesting, immensely creative book with loads of fun, wacky and creative sentences. This book takes the student step by step through the writing process with loads of fun and just the right amount of practice not to overwhelm the child. This is a great book for…

  2. Great scaffolded practice I purchased this for my 8 year old 4th grade daughter. I assumed that our public school system taught cursive writing in third grade, but third grade came and went without any cursive instruction. I had taught her the letters at home and needed a good practice workbook. My daughter is excited about this book and has already started. The sentences are just silly enough (but clean) that I hear a little giggle once in a while. 

  3. Bringing back a necessary skill As a teacher, I’m aware of the connection that handwriting – cursive handwriting, specifically – has with learning in the brain; as a dyslexia teacher, I know the value that it has to the dyslexic brain in writing and spelling with automaticity and fluidity. Sadly, my district decided about 10 years ago that it wasn’t an important enough skill in the Age of Testing to spend time on it. Not so in Ms. Standefer’s middle school classes. 

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