Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Compound Sentences

In third grade we have been learning how to write compound sentences

Earlier in the year we learned about how simple sentences needed a subject and a predicate.

Now we are learning how to create compound sentences by combining two simple sentences.

Here is a video about how we create compound sentences.

We need to use a conjunction to connect two simple sentences to make a compound sentence. We learned to think of the word FANBOYS to help us remember the conjunctions we can use to connect the sentences.


We need to remember to put a COMMA before the conjunction when we combine the sentences. 

There are many, many ways to make compound sentences! Here are two examples:

Here are two simple sentences:

I like to go to the beach in the summer. It is fun to get ice cream on the way home.

Here is a compound sentence made from those sentences:

My favorite place to go in the summer is the beach, and it is fun to get ice cream on the way home. 

Here are two more simple sentences:

We might get a new cat. It would be great to get a dog.

Here is a compound sentence made from those sentences:

We might get a new cat for a pet, or we might choose a dog instead.

Remember, compound sentences are always two SENTENCES combined with a comma and a conjunction. This is NOT a compound sentence.

Mrs. Essenburg went to the mall and then to the store

The underlined section is not a sentence. Everything before and after the conjunction must be a sentence for it to be a compound sentence.

Compound sentences make our writing more interesting and easier to read. It keeps our writing from sounding choppy.

Instead of filling out a worksheet, we practiced making simple and compound sentences using the app Pic Collage. Here are some of what we created:

Next we will practice putting compound sentences into our writing projects to continue to improve on our writing skills.

We hope you liked our simple and compound sentences. We would love to see some more simple and compound sentences, especially compound sentences. Can you share a compound sentence in the comment section below?

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