Clauses: Parts of a Sentence

3rd - 4th

Deconstruct the parts of a sentence with an activity on clauses. After reading several examples, third and fourth graders find the main clause and subordinate clause in each sentence. Use the resource as part of a unit on sentence structure and varying writing styles.

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Subjects and Predicates

In these sentences parts worksheets, learners review the definitions for subjects and predicates. Students then complete three pages of activities to help them with subjects and predicates.

Verb SOS!--Using Helping Verbs

In this helping verbs learning exercise, students fill in 7 blanks covering the rules of how to use helping verbs correctly in sentences. Students underline the main verb in 8 sentences and write the helping verb on the lines provided. Students list the 8 forms of the helping verb to be on the lines provided and name 3 different ways a to be verb might be used in a sentence.

Meet the Nonfiction Main Idea Challenge

Help your class develop the ability to determine a main idea with a packet of materials that you can introduce and use over a period of time. The packet includes some information for the teacher and rationale for the exercises. There are several different graphic organizers provided, which can go with the provided reading passages, or be used with a separate text. Some passages also include writing prompts and questions.

Sentence Patterns

Clear up confusion surrounding simple, compound, and complex sentences. The poster, which could also be used as a reference sheet, includes five examples. The types of clauses, parts of speech, and types of punctuation are color-coded to help clarify what goes where in each sentence pattern.

Compound and Complex Sentences

Puzzle through compound and complex sentences. Have your learners read definitions with example sentences, identify and create compound and complex sentences, add independent clauses to sentences, and choose connecting words to combine sentences. The activity is extensive and includes several activities.

Combining Choppy Sentences

Use this extensive online resource to inform your class about sentence combining and provide them with compound sentence practice. Learners combine sentences using a variety of different conjunctions. Each practice set is preceded by an explanation about a type of conjunction and examples of how to properly combine sentences using that conjunction.

Sentence Train

What child doesn't like trains? Use this fun idea to practice writing. Young readers learn to write complete sentences by using a train graphic organizer made out of construction paper. Each section of the train (engine, boxcar, and caboose) has different parts of a sentence for learners to choose from. They must use an article, adjectives, nouns, verbs, and adverbs to create their sentences.

Topic Sentence

Fourth graders identify the main idea of a sentence using the topic sentence and details of the paragraph. In this main idea lesson plan, 4th graders read paragraphs in the passage Hawaii Quakes, Then Shakes.

Adverb Clauses

In this adverb clauses activity, students answer short answer questions and mark adverb clauses in sentences. Students complete 19 problems.

Counting Sentences' Words

Scholars expand short, nondescript sentences by adding descriptive words and phrases. In this Owl Moon lesson, sentence length and rhythmic language are identified and discussed. Authentic student samples are reviewed to identify characteristics of effective writing fluency. Children use the writing process to develop a descriptive paragraph using the identified elements of sentence fluency as a model.

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