Display this grammar poster in your classroom to help students choose appropriate coordinating conjunctions using the acronym FANBOYS.
Coordinating Conjunctions Acronym Poster
“FANBOYS” is an acronym used to help remember the most common coordinating conjunctions in the English language. Coordinating conjunctions are words that join two equal parts of a sentence, such as words, phrases, or clauses.
This colourful classroom poster will help your students remember seven of the most commonly used coordinating conjunctions, and will remind them to use them in their writing!
The FANBOYS Conjunctions
F – Stands for “For”
A – Stands for “And”
N – Stands for “Nor”
B – Stands for “But”
O – Stands for “Or”
Y – Stands for “Yet”
S – Stands for “So”
Teach your primary students that these coordinating conjunctions are special words that help connect words, phrases, or sentences in a sentence, making the sentence more interesting and clear. They join things together, like building blocks. For example:
- I wanted ice cream, but they only had chocolate. In this sentence, “but” is the coordinating conjunction that joins the two parts of the sentence.
- She wanted pizza, and I wanted a burger. Here, “and” is the coordinating conjunction that connects the two things they wanted.
You can teach your students that these words are called the FANBOYS, which makes it easier to remember them when learning about conjunctions. It’s a fun way to help them remember these important words that make their writing better and sentences more interesting!
More Conjunctions Teaching Resources for Your Classroom:
Spark students' creativity with this conjunctions worksheet containing four images to prompt students to write compound sentences.
Assign this worksheet to allow students to practise using coordinating conjunctions to create compound sentences.
Colour by Parts of Speech Chameleon Worksheet (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions and Pronouns)
Practise your parts of speech lesson by colouring nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and pronouns on the chameleon.