Hands-on Conjunction Activities
As a child, grammar baffled me. I could never remember all the rules. I remember tuning out whenever conjunctions, dangling participles, or any other grammar terminology surfaced. This grammar deficiency made it very difficult to teach grammar. I had a grammar phobia… Soooo I had to come up with some conjunction activities that would help me understand the purpose and function of conjunctions.
It took me awhile to get in my grammar groove. I basically had to rethink and reteach MYSELF all of the grammar rules that I had tuned out as a child. This included conjunctions. A conjunction is a word that is used to connect sentences or clauses within a single sentence, It is the glue that holds the thoughts together.I wanted to create something visual that would demonstrate how the conjunction holds those thoughts together. Almost immediately, I came up with an index card and clothespins. It is simple to make and use, but a very powerful tool in showing how the conjunction holds the thoughts or sentences together.
Make Your Own Conjunction Connector
- Index cards (I would use a different color for each conjunction)
- 2 clothespins for each conjunction
- Sentence Strips for the phrases or sentences
- Post-it notes (If you need to change the verb to match the subjects)
DIY Conjunction Connector
Here is a quick idea of how I presented the conjunction “and” when combining two sentences together to create compound subjects or predicates. The following sentences use the conjunction “and”, but you can use the same idea for other conjunctions, too!
1. Start with two sentences and have students look for matching subjects or predicates .
2. Use a marker to underline the subject or predicates that are the same. In this case, there is a matching subject “The dog”.
3. Cut out one of the matching subjects or predicates. Use tape to affix the matching subjects or predicates together. This is a visual and kinesthetic representation of combining like subjects or predicates. It is a powerful way to show exactly what is happening when you combine like subjects or predicates.
4. Use the “and Conjunction Connector” to combine the sentences. Clip the clothespins to attach the predicates and create a compound predicate.
The same thing can be done to combine two sentences with like predicates. This is where it can sometimes get interesting…
3. We placed a Post-it note over top of the verb that needed to change. This highlights the need to change the conjugation of the verb in a visual and kinesthetic way.