Transition Words and Phrases

3rd - 6th

Begin the lesson by modeling how to connect two sentences with a transition word. After doing five examples together, have learners work together to correctly edit a list of sentences provided. Finally, learners look back at their past writing to highlight transition words used. Have them revise their writing by adding additional transition words! 

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1 hr

Using Transition Words Correctly - Relationships Within Sentences

Clarify transition words with a two quick exercises. For the first, individuals choose the correct transition word for five sentences and determine what the transitions express within each sentence. For the second, class members read brief paragraphs and respond to questions about the transition words and relationships between the sentences. Great for a quick review or assessment.

Transition Words

Effective as a warm-up or brief practice activity, the goal of this resource is to improve flow in writing. Given sentences, writers fill in blanks with transition words that are included in various word banks. A straightforward, but not particularly innovative activity.

Order! Order!

Polish organization skills in your youngsters. With this lesson, they are introduced to the trait of organization and participate in activities that reinforce organization. They cut apart a familiar story, receive different parts of the story, and discuss transition words that will connect the story correctly. They read and discuss the subject of the sled dog pup's first year and write a sequence paragraph using proper transition words. Any story could be used for this activity.

Practicing Transition Words Through Google Doc

If your class is good with blogs and Google, then this lesson plan could be right up their alley! They link to a "Transition Word Story" using the class blog, and then write a transition word story of their own. Links to the class blog and Google docs are included. It you don't have access to the necessary technology, simply have them write transition word stories on paper.

Making an Argument: Effective use of Transition Words

Work on using transition words in context by prompting elementary and middle schoolers to write their own persuasive essays using transition words. They explore new forms of transition words and examine how they are used in an editorial or persuasive essay. Afterward, pupils write their own persuasive essay using the target vocabulary. 

Making an Argument: Effective use of Transition Words

Students identify and use transition words in a persuasive essay. In this transition word lesson plan, students use Visual Thesaurus to identify transition words, then practice using the words. Students read a newspaper editorial, identify the transition words, then reread the article without the transition words to analyze how transition words impact readability.

Use Transition Words in Narrative Writing

Transitional words and phrases are essential writing tools that allow authors to clearly guide their audience through a story. In the fifth lesson of this series on narrative writing, learners begin their drafts by linking together the main events of their story using transition words or phrases. To provide young writers with practice using these terms, consider pausing the video and allowing them to suggest words or phrases that can be used in the sample narrative before having them work on their own writing.

Use Transitional Words and Phrases to Craft a Sequence of Events in a Story

Developing a clear sequence of events is essential for any narrative writer. The fourth lesson in this series helps learners write about the key events of The Story of Dr. Dolittle using transitional words and phrases. Pause the video to allow children time to write their own drafts before seeing the examples modeled by the instructor. Provide an opportunity for revision once the entire video has been shown.

Transition Words and Phrases: Road Signs for the Reader

Therefore! However! Furthermore! Explore the power of transition words and phrases. Signal your readers by suggesting the relationship between different thoughts or points. Help them demonstrate an understanding of word relationships. 

Meanwhile: Transition Words That Connect Ideas

Read Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch to illustrate the use of transition words effectively. Discuss each transition word used, and have learners find transition words in other books. Consider making a class chart of transition words found for future writing days. 

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