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

Description:

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/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP56
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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).

Tell the children that this activity is to practise using longer more complex sentences. Introduce 'because' on the flashcards and explain that it helps us to make longer sentences.

Discuss the story / section of the story you are working with.

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.

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).

Either use photos cut from magazines, or use a digital camera to take and print out photos of the children engaged in activities.

Once again, explain the activity and the focus on making sentences using the 'because'.

Use the flashcards as prompts. They must make up a sentence using that word to describe one of the photos. Write out the captions on post-it notes and stick to the pictures.

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)

Once again, explain the activity and the focus on making sentences using 'because'.

Put out the flashcard where the children can see it (you can also display the model sentence frames).

Either have the children work individually or in pairs. Each child / pair turns over a picture, and makes up a relevant sentence using one of the target words. They have a minute to make up as many as they can.

Keep track of how many sentences each child / pair makes, and praise them for the effort.

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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