Subordinating Conjunctions Teacher Resources
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Independent and Dependent Clauses
Have learners identify the main clause, subordinate clause, and relative clause within a sentence. One page of definitions and examples accompanies a page of exercises for scholars to practice finding the various clauses.
ELD Lesson Plan: Our Earth
Three stories about nature and the outdoors from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Forest," "Butterfly," and "Johnny Appleseed") support this lesson, which focuses on description, summary, and drawing conclusions. The lesson is differentiated into three different skill levels with three different sets of vocabulary and sentence frames.
Beyond the Simple Sentence
Reinforce simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences with this straightforward worksheet. Listing definitions, uses, and examples for each type of sentence, the activity prompts young grammarians to come up with two additional sentences in each form. Some of the examples are song lyrics, which your musically-inclined students will enjoy. The second page of the worksheet is blank.
ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Habitats
Explore the ocean and the woods with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton Mifflin short stories ("Nights of the Pufflings," "Seal Surfer," and "Two Days in May"). Your third graders will enjoy reading about animals in their natural habitats, and will be quick to learn the necessary vocabulary. The lesson addresses three listening and speaking ELD standards, as well as reading and writing ELD standards, and is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
ELD Lesson Planner: Discovering
Make connections in these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Lost Temple of the Aztecs," "The Great Wall," and "The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay"). Not only will your English learners be able to practice their literary analysis and writing skills, but they will enjoy the stories about history and world culture. The lesson is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Writing is tough to perfect. Help your class improve their writing skills by studying different sentence problems. This reference guide covers sentence fragments, run-ons, and misplaced modifiers, but that's just to start! There's a short practice opportunity at the end, but you'll want to give your learners extra practice to accompany this packet.
ELD Lesson Planner: Growing Up
Three coming-of-age Houghton-Mifflin stories (an excerpt from Where the Red Fern Grows, as well as "Last Summer with Maizon," and "The Challenge") show your ELD pupils the trials and tribulations of growing up. Differentiated sentence frames incorporate vocabulary and conventions, as well as practicing literary skills from ELD standards.
ESL Grammar - Comma Splice
Students fix comma splices. In this ESL lesson, students recognize comma splices and find ways to fix them. They complete a worksheet finding comma splices and correct sentences.
The Final Copy
Write short stories in which events are presented in logical order, point of view is clear, theme and characters are developed. Middle schoolers also work on sensory language, concrete language and/or dialogue. They establish their setting as some time in the future, and capitalization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation have been used correctly, including the use of ellipses.
Develop An Individual Career Plan
High schoolers research, investigate and develop an individual career plan. They analyze all their career options and goals. Each student fine tunes their interviewing and written skills as they prepare to seek certain jobs out in the work force.
ELD Lesson Plan: We Can Do It!
Bears, fireflies, and Frog and Toad come together in this ELD lesson, which is based on a collection of Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Two Greedy Bears," "Fireflies for Nathan," and "The Hat (Frog and Toad)"). Three differentiated levels provide vocabulary lists and sentence frames based on beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills. Learners practice making predictions, sequencing events, and retelling stories as they complete the given sentence frames.
Identifying Adverb Clauses and Adjective Clauses
In this grammar worksheet, students identify adverb and adjective clauses. Students indicate what the clause is modifying. They also differentiate between adjective clauses and adverb clauses.
As middle and high schoolers experiment with their writing styles, it's easy to slip in a few accidental sentence fragments. After reading a full-page of information regarding how to identify and avoid sentence fragments, learners rewrite seven sentences on the following page.
As and Like Exercise
In this sentence completion with the words as or like worksheet, students read descriptions of their usages, fill in the blanks with as and like to complete sentences, and create additional sentences using them correctly. Students write 18 answers.
Recognizing Adverb Clauses: Lesson 12
Take your class through this presentation about adverb clauses and subordinate conjunctions. Several examples of adverb clauses, including ways to create complex sentences, show young grammarians how to vary their sentence structure (correctly). Slides 70-77 feature an activity to reinforce the lessons from the presentation.
Peer Editing Worksheets
What kind of writing did your class just complete? Narrative writing? Process writing? Compare and contrast writing? Print this packet; there are 10 different peer-editing worksheets included here for a variety of writing. Teach your class what a good review would look like before handing them a worksheet and sending them off.
Conjunction Recognition Practice
What is a coordinating conjunction, and how is it different from a correlative conjunction? First, study the three types of conjunctions. There are descriptions and examples included to help you do this. Then, release your kids for some independent practice. An exercise with 15 questions is included.
Connectors in Context
In this connecting words activity, students choose the correct connecting word to complete the sentences. Students choose the connecting word for 15 sentences.
What's In a Noun: Grammar and Usage
Nine lessons in a grammar and usage unit provide endless opportunities for drill and practice. Topics include the four types of sentences, subject and predicates, nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs and prepositions, conjunctions and interjections, as well as capitalization and punctuation. The scripted unit includes a culminating activity, handouts, worksheets, a bibliography, and an assessment.
Connecting Ideas Using Coordinating and Subordinating Conjuctions
Students in an adult ESL class practice using conjuctions. They write sentences using different conjuctions and combine sentences choosing the right conjuction. They review the concepts as a whole class.