Friday, May 18, 2012

Ba-da-bing Sentences - 4th Grade


To spice up the students writing we use Ba-da-bing and Ba-da-boom sentences. A Ba-ba-bing sentence tells where you were (ba), what you saw, heard, smelled, or tasted (da), and what you thought (bing). A ba-ba-boom sentence tells where you were (ba), what you saw, heard, smelled, or tasted (da), and a physical sensation. ex Blushes, shivered, etc (boom). 

As I taught this to my students I used different pictures that I found online to make the sentences more interesting. National Geographic has great pictures that you can use, the picture below is an example of one I used from that site. I first showed the picture, then we wrote a simple sentence, and then a Ba-da-boom or Ba-da-bing sentence.


For example: The man touched the whale. 

Ba-da-bing sentence: Off the shore of Hawaii, Mark touched the smooth skin of the whale and thought this was a once in a life time moment.

Ba-da-boom sentence: Off the shore of Hawaii, Mark touched the smooth skin of the whale as his heart raced.

This simple sentence structure easily shows students how to add details to a sentence.

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