Sequencing is a natural way to get students to produce complex sentences within a natural context. The cards may may be used for two different activities. On the red diamond side, the students are instructed to use the main details of the three given sentences to form one complex sentence using connecting words such as; and, so, but, because, before, after, when, while, that, and then. They are not to use the same connecting words more than once in a single sentence. Students should be instructed to replace parts of the sentence with pronouns to reduce duplication. In order to do this activity, the student will need to consider which information is most important, hold information into memory, think about time sequence, and then manipulate the ideas into one sentence. These are skills we use for note taking and higher level thinking.
The blue arrowed side of the cards contains sentence examples from the red diamond side. The students may have developed some of these while completing the red diamond tasks. however, one of the sentences does not have the same meaning as the other two or is an incorrect use of the words. The students are instructed to find the incorrect sentence. The answer can be checked by scanning the QR code in the lower right corner of the card or by using the given answer sheet. Students can correct the error sentence for additional practice.
There are 32 sets of cards, 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches printed out on 11 pages. An answer sheet is included or a self checking feature using a QR code present on the blue arrow cards. The back cards can be folded to the corresponding front cards to make a double sided card or you may choose to separate them to make two 32 card decks.
The cards are meant to be printed on card stock. They will have a front and a back side. To get a front and a back side do not cut the middle line. Fold the card back so that it becomes two sided. You can glue them together to make one sturdy card.
The QR codes are from http://www.qrstuff.com/. They are read by scanning the symbol with a reader that can be downloaded as an app on electronic devices. Check the app store for your particular device to get a reader.
The cards have pictures to make them more appealing to readers that need visual cues. The pictures relate to the topic and I tried to keep them appropriate for students above elementary age 5th, 6th, and 7th graders.