Getting to grips with grammar: Connectives
5 December 2016Add to My Folder
Use our resources to help boost children’s knowledge of connectives
Connectives do exactly what they say – they connect. They hold text together, making links within and between sentences. Use the second of the ‘Grammar safari park: Connectives’ activity sheets ‘Grammar definition card: What is a connective?’ to kick start discussions. Can the children explain connectives to a partner? As a way of introducing connectives, invite the children to create simple sentences using the connectives ‘before’ and ‘after’ to create a time sequence of events. You could also focus on the meaning of specific connectives, for example emphasise the difference between ‘whereas’ (signifying difference) and ‘meanwhile’ (highlighting simultaneous activity).
Throughout your focus on connectives, don’t forget to use our fantastic “Interactive resource”, ‘Grammar safari park – connectives’ (subscribers only) that challenges children to drag and drop connectives and create sentences using the illustration as a stimulus. All the accompanying activity sheets mentioned in this article are also available on our website. Activities and resources on the themes of nouns, verbs and adjectives, and prepositions are also available.
- Display Activity sheet 2, ‘Grammar definition card: What is a connective? in your ‘Grammar for writing’ area. See Activity sheets 1, 3 and 4 for further activities.
- Give children plenty of oral practice in using these grammatical terms.
- Create single clause sentences before moving to connectives.
- Only link sentences that share a theme.
- Boost confidence and involvement through partner discussion and answers.
- Welcome alternative opinions: there is rarely only one connective possibility.
- Encourage positive criticism of classroom notices and personal writing. When would a connective improve clarity or style?
- Use oral work so children hear if a comma is needed.
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