Compounding Conjunctions: A Game to Practice Compound Sentences & Conjunctions

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I love activities that allow my students to practice multiple skills! This game allows students to practice forming compound sentences with coordinating conjunctions. All of the sentences involve the modal verb should, so students get a review of that as well. A digital version of this game is also available.

For more information about this game, see my blog post Compounding Conjunctions.

Object: Be the first person to return to Start/Finish by expanding the given sentences using the designated conjunction (and, but, so, or).

Materials Needed & Not Included:

1. Dice– one die per group of students

2. Player Pieces– one per player, popular options in my class include plastic counter circles, mini erasers, and milk jug lids.

Directions for play:

1. Roll the number cube and move your piece.

2. Expand the sentence that corresponds to the number you rolled with the conjunction on your space.

Example: Roll = 1 Space = or “The legal voting age should be raised, or people should be required to pass a test before being allowed to vote.”

Example: Roll = 3 Space = but “Students should not be required to wear school uniforms, but they should have to follow a dress code.”

3. If you are able to state a grammatically correct compound sentence, stay where you are. If you are not able to state a grammatically correct compound sentence, return to your previous square.

4. The first person to make it back to Start/Finish is the winner.

The 6 sentences students will expand are:

1. The legal voting age should (not) be raised.

2. The United States should (not) require a year of military service for every citizen.

3. Students should (not) have to wear school uniforms.

4. Sugary drinks and snacks should (not) be allowed in school.

5. Internet access should (not) be free for all people.

6. Teenagers should (not) have social media accounts.

For more conjunction practice:

The Tie That Binds (paper activity)

The Tie That Binds Self-Grading Digital Task Cards (Sheets)

The Tie That Binds Self-Grading Digital Task Cards (Excel)

Learn more about this activity in the blog post Conjunctions: The Tie That Binds.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).
Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

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