It's that time of year when we begin to review skills previously taught to be prepared for state testing. Our students need lots of practice when it comes to combining sentences using conjunctions. Not only do they need to be able to identify compound and complex sentences, but they also need to be able to write them correctly to use this powerful skill in their own writing.
I love trying to make lessons as fun as possible, but sometimes our students must write the sentences. I was typing out simple sentences that I wanted them to rewrite when I looked over at my bookshelf and saw the Apples to Apples and PicWits games. The idea came to me. What if I have the students write the sentences to go with the picture using conjunctions and then choose the best sentence that is written correctly and most appropriate to the picture?
So, I pulled out all of the picture cards, provided slips of paper for them to write their sentences on, typed up some new directions, and Viola! I created a whole new game that the kids loved! You can use this game to practice any conjunctions. I used it for correlative conjunctions first and then to review all conjunctions. I have included my directions and a few examples for you to use! These picture cards are from the game PicWits, which is an older-age version of Apples to Apples. * I always hand-pick my pictures from the games to be sure that they are appropriate for my classroom:) * If you don't have either of these games, you could use google images and print them off! And, if you have one-to-one technology, students could type the sentences rather than write them.
We used this activity during summer school last year as well. It was a big hit, and students got lots of good practice combining sentences.