Students will love this interactive whiteboard/SMARTboard activity with a pirate theme. The first part of this SMARTboard lesson is an introduction to dependent and independent clauses. Lessons include 2 direct links to short videos about dependent and independent clauses. The second half of the lesson is an interactive game that allows students to practice the skill of recognizing the difference between dependent and independent clauses. All slides are self checking so lesson can be used as a minilesson, small group lesson or activity, or independently in a center or station. Created with Smart Notebook 11. Grades 3-7 depending on the level of the class. This lesson may be challenging for 3rd graders, but it will allow them to develop higher level critical thinking skills.