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Language and Communication to use because in sentences  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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To join sentences together using 'because' to make longer, more complex, sentences.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP56
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Story cards

Flashcards with the target word written on each one (because).

Short sequences of 2 or 3 cards which make up a short story.

Tell the children that this activity is to practise using longer sentences.

Introduce 'because' on the flashcards and explain that it helps us to make longer sentences.

Sequence the cards into the right order as a group.

Place the flashcard near the pictures.

Have the children think of a sentence (two if necessary) about the pictures, which uses 'because'. Write down each sentence.

This activity can easily be adapted to use class topic work and stories.

You may need to use a sentence frame to support the children to make sentences at first.

A sentence frame for this activity can be in three parts, for example:

The children can change the parts in the first and last boxes to make new sentences.

Book Summaries

As the activity above, but use a short book the children are familiar with.

Flashcards with the target word written on each one (because).

It is better if the book has a lot of pictures to help the children follow the story.

You could use just one page of a book, or one short section, if the book is longer than a few pages.

You may need to use a sentence frame to support the children to make sentences at first.

Photo Captions

Photos from magazines or photos of the children engaged in activities

Flashcards with the target word written on each one (because).

You may need to use a sentence frame to support the children to make sentences at first.

Talk for a minute

Flashcards with the target word written on each one (because).

Pictures of actions or events

Timer (if you don't have one, use a watch with a second hand)

You may need to use a sentence frame to support the children to make sentences at first.

You can vary the time, to make it either longer or shorter.

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