Have students with compound sentences speech goals? I have easy to prep and fun ideas for you to work on combining sentences!
We have students that are working on using conjunctions to verbally express compound and complex sentences. We need work on this in creative ways so they don't get bored and start to grasp this tricky concept. (Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links).
Make It Visual
Our students benefit from seeing, feeling, and experiencing content. They can't just hear it and pick it up. If that were the case, they would have grasped it from hearing it in the world around them or even during academic instruction in the regular classroom. They need more from us. That is why they are with us. I like to show them how things go together, model it, and let them practice.
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Working on more complex conjunctions? I have visuals for those as well!
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Make it Hands On
Students need more than just worksheets. They need to practice, A LOT! Who wants to prep a million ways to practice? All you need is Amazon Prime and a Dollar Store with these ideas (and some have found this next idea at the dollar store too!).
Just write simple sentences on the dice and let your students roll to determine which conjunctions to use! Work on one at a time at first and once they are ready, mix and match them up!
Use a cheap mini notepad, cut into three sections, and write simple sentences and conjunctions. Now you have a combining sentences flip book! Students can flip the pages to find combinations that work using their new strategy and understanding.
Make It Relevant
Practice using conjunctions and combining sentences in real life situations. Use role playing, personal narratives, and story retell. For story retell, I like to use wordless picture books (CLICK HERE to see my entire post all about my favorite books and why). You can model and encourage students to use their new target conjunctions as they retell. Let them earn points each time they use it to make it a competition!
How many can they use? How many DIFFERENT ones can they use?
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