Connect with Conjunctions
Students will be able to learn about conjunctions by watching a Schoolhouse Rock video, Conjunction Junction, with its catchy tune, then see instructional videos on the definition of conjunctions and how they are used in sentences. Finally, students will be able to check their knowledge of conjunctions through games and online quizzes and apply their knowledge in their own writing.
- Understand the definition of conjunctions.
- Understand the use of conjunctions in a sentence.
- Apply their knowledge in their own writing.
- Conjunction: A conjunction is any member of a small class of words distinguished in many languages by their function as connectors between words, phrases, clauses, or sentences, as, and, because, but, however.
- Clause: A clause is a syntactic construction containing a subject and predicate and forming part of a sentence or constituting a whole simple sentence.
- Sentence: A sentence is a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses an independent statement, question, request, command, exclamation, etc., and that typically has a subject as well as a predicate, as in John is here. or Is John here? In print or writing, a sentence typically begins with a capital letter and ends with appropriate punctuation; in speech, it displays recognizable, communicative intonation patterns and is often marked by preceding and following pauses.
To prepare for this activity:
Watch the video from Khan Academy: Coordinating Conjunctions and learn the mnemonic “FANBOY.”
Watch the Schoolhouse Rock video Conjunction Junction.
Try the Parts of Speech game (Noun, Verb, Adjective sorting).
Canva to use for FANBOY activity, if chosen to demonstrate knowledge.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Directions for this activity:
Introduction: Have students watch several videos that explain conjunctions in an interesting way.
Activity: Allow them to practice their learning by playing several games.
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
- Quiz: Conjunction-itis Pop-Up and the Rags to Riches Game.
- Create a presentation (video, infographic, etc.) of the mnemonic “FANBOY” and conjunctions. It may be a collaborative, group effort. Students may print and make a poster or share it on social media.
- Students can be given several prompts to answer in four-six short sentences. When finished, ask them to connect sentences with conjunctions to have a more fluent, cohesive paragraph.
MITECS Competencies & ISTE STANDARDS
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
6c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d.Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
- Students listen to songs about conjunctions that combine words and songs/speech.
- Students read directions for games and follow along to successfully pass levels and compete.
- Given writing prompts, students respond in four-six sentences, exchange for peer review, use their FANBOY information to connect short sentences.
- Create a published work to describe the mnemonic “FANBOY.”
Make a presentation explaining the mnemonic “FANBOY” - a video, poster, or infographic.
Students use games to foster math skills, competing against time or another player. “Rags to Riches” game uses money for levels, the Jeopardy-like game adds points by 100s in columns.
- What connections and comparisons in nature support conjunctions? For example, to live, we need food AND water; we can recycle OR throw in the trash, etc.
- Write a descriptive paragraph about a science experiment done in class and underline all of the conjunctions.
Conjunctions are about making connections in sentences. How can we make connections with people and places around the world? Start conversations with other classrooms/people around the world by writing letters or meeting online
This task card was created by Caryn Parker, Gull Lake Virtual Partnership, January 2021.