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Proofreading Pencils- Foundation

Proofreading Pencils- Foundation
Games & Activities
English Creating Texts
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Use these quick and fun pencils as warm up activities, fast finishers or rotational activities in literacy groups. Students can either edit the sentences by writing on the pencil or by rewriting the sentence into their workbooks. 

Students will read each sentence and edit to correct the following errors:

  1. Use of capital letters
  2. Use of correct sentence punctuation
  3. Use of accurate spelling
  4. Sentence meaning
  5. If the sentence has used correct finger spacing when appropriate.
Lesson Structure
  • Individual Activity
  • Rotations / Group Work
  • Class Activity
Curriculum Codes


Create and participate in shared editing of short written texts to record and report ideas and events using some learnt vocabulary, basic sentence boundary punctuation and spelling some consonant–vowel–consonant words correctly


Identify punctuation as a feature of written text different from letters; recognise that capital letters are used for names, and that capital letters also signal the beginning of sentences while punctuation marks signal the end

ACELY1652 8.4

Participate in shared editing of students’ own texts for meaning, spelling, capital letters and full stops

ENe-2A old

Composes simple texts to convey an idea or message

ENe-3A old

Produces most lower case and upper case letters and uses digital technologies to construct texts

ENE-CWT-01 new

Creates written texts that include at least 2 related ideas and correct simple sentences

ENE-SPELL-01 new

Applies phonological, orthographic and morphological generalisations and strategies to spell taught familiar and high-frequency words when creating texts

ENE-VOCAB-01 new

Understands and effectively uses Tier 1 words and Tier 2 words in familiar contexts

ENE-HANDW-01 new

Produces all lower-case and upper-case letters to create texts

ENE-UARL-01 new

Understands and responds to literature read to them


Participate in shared editing of students’ own texts for meaning, spelling, capital letters and full stops


Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and beginning writing knowledge


Construct texts using software including word processing programs



Pencils 1-18 have less text to read and have the editing key to indicate what errors they should be correcting.


The pencils progressively get more difficult. The editing key provides less scaffolding as the pencils progress.

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