Last updated on December 1st, 2023 at 11:58 am
English can be a tricky language to learn, especially when it comes to the grammar. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this post, we’ll walk you through how to make sense of jumbled sentences and provide some exercises for you to practice. So don’t delay any longer, let’s get started!
What are Jumbled Sentences?
Jumbled sentences, also known as scrambled sentences or word jumbles, are a linguistic puzzle or educational exercise in which a sentence is presented with its words or parts intentionally rearranged or mixed up. The goal is to rearrange these elements to form a coherent and grammatically correct sentence.
Jumbled sentences are commonly used in language learning and educational settings to enhance vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension skills. They require the solver to use their knowledge of language structure and context clues to decipher the correct order of words.
This activity can be both challenging and enjoyable, helping individuals improve their language proficiency while solving puzzles.
Why do we need Jumbled Sentences?
The ability to re-arrange jumbled letters helps children to improve their coordination and fine motor skills which in turn helps them to become able writers too later on! With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why practicing jumbled sentences should correct order themselves.
Jumbled sentences help children to understand how to use language like grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary correctly by understanding the basic rules of sentence construction and structure. Practicing jumbled sentences can also help children develop their reading comprehension skills as they grasp what is being read by putting it into the correct order.
Jumbled sentences also help children learn how to spell words successfully through practicing their letter sounds, applying simple phonics rules and for literate adults, where the word comes from.
Activity: Sentences on My Desk
- Jumbled: The pencils were sharpened some blue pens are black the box of crayons on my desk there is a and a pencil case.
- Answer: On my desk, there is a box of crayons and a pencil case. The pencils are sharpened. Some pens are blue and others are black.
- also / the best baker / my mom /
My mom is also the best baker.
- catching / turtles / watching / I’d rather do / than anything else
I’d rather watch-catching turtles than anything else.
How to Solve jumbled sentences?
The first step to solving jumbled sentences is to separate the sentence into its different parts. The first part should include all of the words that are together and can be read where they are without rearranging them, these are called ‘keywords’.
Keywords will always stay together in one group throughout this activity. Then you separate each keyword phrase by drawing a line or writing ‘intervening text’ or ‘space’ between every few keywords until you have covered all of the words that are together and form a keyword phrase.
Then you’ll find each group of keywords that have been separated from each other, then read them aloud to see if they make sense.
Once it is clear that the jumbled sentence reads like real (correct) English or another language you’ve chosen on your worksheet, continue with step 3 which will be to write the first word of your first keyword phrase in the first line under where it should go. Then on the second row, write the keyword phrase as it looks after reorganizing its order.
So now you’ve written (or typed out) how your jumbled sentence/paragraph would read once it’s complete!
Jumbled Sentences Exercises
- in the morning / i always take / a shower
- time, the less of it you/ have left / the more you waste
- their opinion on it / is to ask someone else / a good idea for / solving this problem
- is seeing my friends / my favorite thing / about going to school
- stay home instead of/ going out tonight! / of course i’d rather
- In the morning I always take a shower.
- The more you waste time, the less of it you have left.
- A good idea for solving this problem is to ask someone else their opinion on it.
- My favorite thing about going to school is seeing my friends.
- Of course I’d rather stay home instead of going out tonight!
- do you think / be a good idea? / getting a pet would
- you look / wrong / like something’s
- every day he / wants to eat for his / next meal / thinks about what he
- if she would / then everything would / be perfect / talk to me again
- i wish that / canceled / school could be
- Do you think getting a pet would be a good idea?
- You look like something’s wrong.
- Every day he thinks about what he wants to eat for his next meal.
- If she would talk to me again then everything would be perfect.
- I wish that school could be canceled.
- i’d say my favorite part / everything starts to turn / out well at last / in this book is when
- his best / over every day / friend comes
- in about an / dinner will be ready / for us all to enjoy / together / hour or so
- when he finally / very dark outside already / got home from work it was
- she’s been / but has not told / anyone yet / feeling sick lately
- I’d say my favorite part in this book is when everything starts to turn out well at last.
- His best friend comes over every day.
- In about an hour or so, dinner will be ready for us all to enjoy together.
- When he finally got home from work it was very dark outside already.
- She’s been feeling sick lately but has not told anyone yet.
- excitedly she / and gave him / a big hug / ran up to him
- i hope that / come back home / very soon she’ll
- she made dinner / night / for the family last
- the other day / my mom to buy some / new clothes for myself / i went shopping with
- if only he would have / happened then i wouldn’t / feelings / told me sooner what / be having these
- Excitedly she ran up to him and gave him a big hug.
- I hope that very soon she’ll come back home.
- She made dinner for the family last night.
- The other day I went shopping with my mom to buy some new clothes for myself.
- If only he would have told me sooner what happened then I wouldn’t be having these feelings.
- my friends are / tonight / going to a movie
- he first learned / piano / how to play the
- it’s been two / moved away / years now since she
- she asked me / birthday this year / what i wanted for my
- maybe i’ll / home today / just stay at
- My friends are going to a movie tonight.
- He first learned how to play the piano.
- It’s been two years now since she moved away.
- She asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year.
- Maybe I’ll just stay at home today.
- my bedroom / blue color / is decorated in mostly
- ever since she / dreamed about being / able to go to paris / was young, she always
- ali is / friend / my best
- they play / day / hockey every
- we are / this sunday / planning a trip
- My bedroom is decorated in mostly blue color.
- Ever since she was young, she always dreamed about being able to go to Paris.
- Ali is my best friend.
- They play hockey every day.
- We are planning a trip this Sunday.
- i will play / getting dark / outside until it starts
- did you hear / happened? / what
- i’m going / tonight / to go out
- in / is my / birthday / a few days
- this is the / has been able / to beat me at / bowling! / first time that he
- I will play outside until it starts getting dark.
- Did you hear what happened?
- I’m going to go out tonight.
- In a few days is my birthday.
- This is the first time that he has been able to beat me at bowling!
- every morning /, he stops for a quick / breakfast at a local diner / during his commute
- this is the / town for finding / new books / best place in
- you don’t need / tomorrow / to leave so early
- i wish that i / day today doing / nothing but relaxing / in bed/ could stay home all
- there are / on tv tonight / a bunch of movies
- Every morning during his commute, he stops for a quick breakfast at a local diner.
- This is the best place in town for finding new books.
- You don’t need to leave so early tomorrow.
- I wish that I could stay home all day today doing nothing but relaxing in bed.
- There are a bunch of movies on TV tonight.
- your future / bright! / looks very
- maybe next / snow enough outside / for me to go skiing / time it will actually
- my books are / up around here / always stacked
- i’ve been / moment since /the beginning of / the year/ waiting for this
- the other / hours upon hours / reading any book / day she spent
- Your future looks very bright!
- Maybe next time it will actually snow enough outside for me to go skiing.
- My books are always stacked up around here.
- I’ve been waiting for this moment since the beginning of the year.
- The other day she spent hours upon hours reading any book.
- after sleeping / last night i feel / so tired right now / for so long
- he’s been / games all day / playing video
- i need / phone / to find my
- there is / tall mountain in / front of us / a very big and
- everything is / worry about it / any longer! / okay now! let’s not
- After sleeping for so long last night I feel so tired right now.
- He’s been playing video games all day.
- I need to find my phone.
- There is a very big and tall mountain in front of us.
- Everything is okay now! Let’s not worry about it any longer!
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