Monday, September 30, 2013

Building Complex Sentences

I'm on holidays over here in Australia and am enjoying the break to catch up on lots of things. I have a list a mile long and am a little bit addicted to crossing things off of it!

First of all, wow! I have had such a great response to my Building Better Sentences post that I've decided to do a sister packet called Building Complex Sentences.

I realise that these are only taught from certain grades but it can be great for differentiation in some of the lower grades, also! It is not for teaching complex sentences but simply for reinforcing them.

Here it is:
It has the same basic layout as the first packet, which is great because the children will be familiar with the sheets.
1. Students write a simple sentence to match the picture. In this case, a sad child. Again, I've included differentiated simple sentences to match each picture, in case students cannot think of their own.
2. They then 'build' their sentence by using a conjunction to form a compound sentence.
3. In this packet, however, I've included an anchor chart with some linking words that can be used to build complex sentences. I would enlarge this so it is visible to the children in the classroom. As I said, this isn't supposed to be used to teach complex sentences but for reinforcment.
Students may choose some linking words that will suit their sentence to create a complex sentence.

You can find it in my store here!


  1. This is a definite resource I need if I go down a level or two next year!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  2. I think I've just become your number one fan over on TPT. You're amazing. :-)

  3. Such a great resource! Have just downloaded it and have only just discovered your blog. So great to have amazing Australian bloggers!