This week my 4th grade students have been creating and editing compound sentences. This is something they have worked on extensively in their classes, so I just wanted to do a small focus during my time with them. Now that we have the ball rollin’ I wanted to share some ideas with you! These are definitely things you can do in any grade level.
We created a FANBOYS anchor chart to review the conjunctions that we can use in compound sentences. Students worked with a partner to write a sentence using the FANBOY. Then, we traded sentences to edit. Students shared their sentences and added them to the chart. As a group we identified all of the parts of the compound sentence.
You’ll also notice the other Compound Sentence chart we created. In their class they say a short chant that goes like this: “Complete on the left. Complete on the right. Comma and a FANBOY make it right!” So, I wanted to add that to my space as well since they are constantly saying it to themselves 🙂
After creating our chart, writing our sentences, and editing, we had fun with sentence puzzles! Students worked with a partner to combine subjects, predicates, and conjunctions to create a compound sentence.
Students put their sentences together and then edited to make sure the capitalization and punctuation were correct. They absolutely LOVED this. I also had students rotate to edit each other’s sentences. So, they would create a sentence, check it, switch, and then edit!
Another thing we’ve been loving are these Editing cards from Texas Teaching Fanatic. We use them each day as a warm-up to review several different editing skills.
I TRULY love working with my 4th and 5th grade small groups each day. I can’t wait to share more of what we are doing 🙂 I’m learning how to adapt and adjust the resources that I’ve always used so that I can still incorporate my favorites with my big kids! So far, so good!
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