Use this set of 16 colorful flashcards to introduce students to the attributes that make up simple, compound and complex sentences.
Print these flashcards out at full-size and laminate them to use for group activities. Have students sort the sentences into simple, compound and complex sentences.
Use as a group activity – have students pick a sentence and explain to their group why they think it is a simple, a compound or a complex sentence.
You may also like to create pocket-size task cards or sheets that can be glued into a notebook by printing 2 or 4 to a page using printer settings.
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Common Core Curriculum alignment
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 1 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 2 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
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).
Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*
Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
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