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Conjunction Lesson Ideas, Anchor Charts, and Activities!

Hi, and welcome! I'm glad you stopped by to get my conjunction lesson ideas! 
When I teach Conjunctions to my students, I use Anchor Charts, Children's Books, hands on activities for guided practice, and lots of resources for independent work! I like to have a mix of books in which students can see conjunctions being used authentically, and practice worksheets crafted to direct students' focus to the skill I want them to master. I'll go over all of this with you.

Here's an overview of my Conjunction Lessons and ideas for activities you can do with your students.

Conjunction Anchor Charts

This is where I write all the information my students will need to know. I prepare all the charts ahead of time.

I know it's a big time investment upfront, but you will thank yourself later for having all the prep out of the way!

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

My mini-lessons start with a connection between something my students are already familiar with and new information that's on the chart.

I might say, "You already know about words that name things, and words that describe things. Today, you are going to learn about words that help connect pieces of information to each other. Those words are called conjunctions."

I'd introduce the conjunction "and" with my first anchor chart.

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

"Cats meow and what else? They climb trees." "The conjunction "and" is helping us understand that there's more information about what cats do. It's connecting the two things that cats do."

"She made a cake and what else? She put frosting on it." "The conjunction "and" is helping us understand that she did more than just make a cake. There's more information about what she did, and "and" connects both things that she did."

Something to consider about anchor charts: 
Because all the information for the lesson is already on this chart, it can be distracting to students. I usually cover up the parts I don't want to show by folding (without creasing) the bottom of the chart up, and holding it with paper clips on both sides.


I think it's important that students see what we're teaching "in isolation", in literature, in "real life". So prepare a few books ahead of time to use with your lessons. 

First, look for examples.

Conjunctions in literature

Then, bookmark the pages with mini Post-Its.

Conjunctions in literature

Conjunction Hands-on Activities

For the guided practice and active engagement parts of my Conjunctions mini-lesson, I like to do hands-on activities. Here are just a few things you can do:

1. Choose the Conjunction
In this activity, students read incomplete sentences and decide what conjunction best completes the sentence. This activity only works once students have learned at least 2 conjunctions. 

You can keep it simple, like this one, or you can mix more conjunction choices.

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

If you want to reuse your charts next year, write the conjunctions on Post-Its and have students use those instead of writing the answers in.

2. Sentence Match (Guided)
Think of a few sentences that use conjunctions. Write the first part of those sentences, up to the conjunctions, on the board. Write the second part of the sentence on sentence strips. 

Students read the first sentence on the board and decide which sentence strip best completes it. Place the sentence strips on the board using tape or magnets.

3. Sentence Match Game (Independent)
This is a modification of the guided version. Simply write both parts of the sentence on strips of paper and have students mix and match until they all make sense. I have this activity as a Literacy Center game. 

You can see a video of this activity in this blog post.

4. Other
Here's another sentence strip activity I did a few times in my classroom. The picture is self-explanatory.

Independent Practice for Conjunctions

For independent practice, I use a variety of practice sheets and games. 

My students love these because they can practice the same skill in different ways. 

I love them because I can differentiate. I can choose what level of difficulty my students are ready for, and I can pick faster activities or ones that require more time depending on our schedule.

To give you an example of what I use, this is a set of worksheets for "and/but".

This first sheet is easy and quick to complete. All the students do is read the sentences and write in the correct conjunction.

Conjunctions Practice Activities
Available for purchase here.

This one is a cut and paste. It's very similar to the first, but it takes longer to complete, and targets motor and organizational skills.

Conjunctions Practice Activities

Here you have another way to practice using the conjunctions "and/but", but now students have to come up with their own ideas to complete the sentences.

Conjunctions Practice Activities

This multiple-choice sheet gives you a quick assessment of how well your students can use the different conjunctions you taught during your unit!

Conjunctions Practice Activities

There you have it!

You can find this Conjunction Packet and other Parts of Speech packets in my TpT store. All packets include worksheets and games for your Literacy Centers. 

Scroll down to see what's available.

1st Grade Parts of Speech Resources

Noun Activities
1st Grade Nouns

1st Grade Pronoun Activities
1st Grade Pronouns

1st Grade Verb Activities
1st Grade Verbs

1st Grade Conjunction Activities
1st Grade Conjunctions

1st Grade Determiner Activities
Bonus packet included in the Bundle!

1st Grade Preposition Activities
1st Grade Prepositions

2nd Grade Parts of Speech Resources

2nd Grade Noun Activities
2nd Grade Nouns

2nd Grade Verb Activities
2nd Grade Verbs

2nd Grade Pronoun Activities
2nd Grade Pronouns

2nd Grade Adjectives and Adverbs Activities
2nd Grade Adjectives and Adverbs

Language Arts Spiral Review/Homework

1st Grade Language Arts Spiral Review and Homework
1st Grade ELA Spiral Review/Homework

2nd Grade Language Arts Spiral Review and Homework
2nd Grade ELA Spiral Review/Homework

Kindergarten Grade Language Arts Spiral Review and Homework
Kindergarten ELA Spiral Review/Homework

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Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Hi! Many of you have been looking for Digital Word Work activities for Distance Learning, so I added some great resources to my store.
My packets include short reading passages with CVC, CVCC, and CCVC words, and a variety of practice activities with moving pieces for your students!

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

There are 5 packets available, one for each vowel sound. I haven't seen anything like this out there. This resource is pretty unique!

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

I put a lot into this packet. 
There is SO MUCH included here!

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Here is what's assigned for each day of the week:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

You can see the activities in action in this video:

This is what's planned for Day 2:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

   You can see the activities in action in this video:

The practice continues on Day 3:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Another video to show you how the pieces move:

Here are the activities for Day 4:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Watch how the pieces move in this video:

This is the last day of activities:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

                            And the last video!

If you are not sure how to assign the resource, here is a brief explanation. 

Thank you for browsing this resource! You can see a detailed preview for each vowel, and purchase the packets right here.

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features

Teaching Students How to Research for an Animal Book Report by Using Nonfiction Text Features

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features

Have you noticed that even when we do a good job teaching Nonfiction Text Features to our students, many times they fall short when they actually need to use them to find information?

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features
Use Animal Books to reinforce the use of Nonfiction Text Features 

Writing Animal Book Reports is a great way to promote the authentic reading behaviors we want our students to have! 

Researching is the perfect opportunity to guide our young readers through the many Nonfiction Text Features available to them!

The best way to do that is by using your students questions for the book report, to model your behavior as a reader when you search for information.

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features


Reading Behaviors to Remind Your Students Of:

πŸ‘‰Learn from Photographs

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features

Students tend to underestimate the information in pictures. Show a picture to your class and tell them one thing you learned about that animal, simply by "reading the photograph". Keep flipping pages and have your students share what they are learning.

πŸ‘‰Learn from Captions

After looking at photographs, good readers confirm their findings by reading the captions. Model finding information on a photograph, then reading a caption to prove or disprove your findings.

πŸ‘‰Learn from Diagrams

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features

Look for photographs with diagrams and show students how these features help readers understand what they are looking at much better. Later on, encourage your students to add diagrams to their book reports!

πŸ‘‰Learn from Maps

My students always took some time to warm up to maps. Model how to read a map to make this feature less intimidating to your students. Point out the Map Title and its legends. Model how you put all that information together to learn information from the map. Also, model how long students should "stick with the map" before turning the page and moving on.

πŸ‘‰Learn from Titles

When flipping through your Animal Book pages searching for information, model reading the titles that you encounter and thinking if the information you are looking for could possibly be there.

πŸ‘‰Learn from the Table of Contents

Animal Book Reports and Nonfiction Text Features

Your students' Animal Book Reports will likely have a Table of Contents, and this is a great opportunity to review how useful this feature can be when a reader is looking for specific information. Think out loud so your students understand your thinking.

πŸ‘‰Learn from the Index

Show students how you can isolate key words from a question and search those words in the index.

πŸ‘‰Learn from the Text

Model careful reading and matching the information you learn with the questions being asked. Then, have your students listen you read out loud and tell you when they hear the answer to a question you are trying to answer.

πŸ‘Read my post about How to Write an Animal Book here.

πŸ‘To purchase editable templates for an Animal Book Report, check the preview below, or click here.