Conjunctions

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This interesting lesson introduces students to the various types of conjunctions including coordinating, correlative, and subordinating conjunctions.  Many students may easily remember basic conjunctions such as and, or and but; however, this lesson will expand the students use of the other types of conjunctions.  They may not always remember the names of the different types, but it is most important they can identify and use all conjunctions correctly.  The lesson could also be used with a lesson related to commas.

Conjunctions Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Conjunctions
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Conjunctions
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This lesson introduces students to the various types of conjunctions including coordinating, correlative, and subordinating conjunctions.  Many students easily remember basic conjunctions such as and, or and but; however, this lesson will expand the students’ knowledge and use of the other types of conjunctions.  They may not always remember the names of the different types, but it is most important they can identify and use all conjunctions correctly.  The lesson would gain effectiveness if used with a lesson related to commas.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. In caps, display:  FANBOYS.  Ask students what they think each letter may stand for as related to writing sentences.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.  If students cannot guess one of the conjunctions, share one or two of them.  (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So)
  3. Many students should be familiar with the words but may not know they are identified as conjunctions.  Ask students to correctly use them in a sentence.  Tell students there are many more conjunctions besides these seven. 
  4. Distribute Conjunctions content pages.  Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page.  Read and review the instructions.  Distribute scissors.  Pair students.  Students combine all “Conjunction Cards” and will take turns choosing a card and using the conjunction in a sentence.  Circulate through the room to check for understanding.  Encourage students to be creative.
  6. Ask each pair of students to share the most creative sentence used during the activity.
  7. Distribute Practice page.  Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page.  Allow students to share their sentences using the conjunctions.
  9. In closing, ask students to create a new pneumonic instead of FANBOYS to help learn the most often used conjunctions.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.H

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1.F

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1.A

None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts