Transition Words and Phrases

3rd - 6th

Begin the lesson plan 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! 

Resource Details

Instructional Design
1 hr
Learn NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sentences and Incomplete Sentences

Abolish fragments from classroom writing! In order to do so, you might first try out this worksheet. Pupils identify complete and incomplete sentences and then practice writing complete sentences. An answer key is provided. 

Transition Words

Transition into sentence structure with an activity focused on linking ideas together in classroom writing. First, individuals use provided transition words to complete sentences. Next, they take it a step farther and write their own sentences that include a given transition word. Assign this as a homework assignment or warm-up while working on a larger writing project

Transition Words in Writing

Transition words in writing are the focus of the language arts lesson presented here. In it, learners cut out the word-sort cards (embedded in the plan), and put them into four categories: time, examples, space, and summary. They find a picture in a magazine that they feel could inspire a how-to piece of writing, then use the transition words to help them construct a piece of writing that describes how to do something. A great teaching idea for writing!

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.

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. 

Transition Words for Better Writing

Improve learners' writing, comprehension, and analytical thinking by teaching the use of transition words.

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.

Transitional Words and Phrases

What are transitional words, and how does one use them in writing? Designed for high schoolers, this lesson encourages practice using transitional words in writing. Learners receive a handout of transitional words (which is really just a bare list of transitional words), and they read and identify the transitional words in a paragraph provided. 

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. 

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