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Confused about clauses? Turn a lesson about independent and dependent clauses into a fun, rainy day game! These cute poetry dice are fun and simple to make—and they pack major educational value. Remember: a clause is an expression that contains both a subject and predicate, but doesn't necessarily express a complete thought. Independent clauses can stand on their own as whole sentences, but dependent clauses cannot. Dependent clauses are headed by a word, called a subordinating conjunction, that joins them to an independent clause. He'll mix and match dependent clauses to independent ones, making silly sentences that get the concept of a clause to stick.