Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

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Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
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Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences will help students practice this key third grade skill. Try our free exercises to build knowledge and confidence.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with Week 2 of this independent study packet for fifth graders.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Parts of Speech
Parts of Speech
Workbook
Parts of Speech
Knowing your parts of speech is an important part of learning good writing skills. Learn the ins and outs of words with this packet that covers the eight different parts of speech.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Great Grammar: Compound Sentences
Great Grammar: Compound Sentences
Worksheet
Great Grammar: Compound Sentences
Children will enjoy assembling their own compound sentences in this carnival-themed grammar worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Narrative Writing
Narrative Writing
Workbook
Narrative Writing
Prepare for a world of writing with this packet of exercises, tools and tips. Students learn a few ways to spice up writing, like sensory words, action verbs, supporting details, and point of view.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
All About the Informative Essay
All About the Informative Essay
Lesson Plan
All About the Informative Essay
Informative essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 3
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 3
Exercise
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 3
Have your fifth graders challenge themselves with these exercises that ask them to identify independent and dependent clauses while reviewing different sentence structures.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Grammar 1
Grammar 1
Guided Lesson
Grammar 1
Grammar is an essential part of the second grade language arts curriculum. This guided lesson teaches second graders how to properly use collective nouns, additonal nouns and verbs, and provides plenty of opportunities to practice these grammar rules in context. For more important practice with nouns and verbs, download and print the grammar worksheets that we suggest alongside this lesson.
2nd grade
Guided Lesson
Sentences 2
Sentences 2
Guided Lesson
Sentences 2
Third grade writers will be tasked with writing longer and more complicated sentences. This guided lesson in understanding, constructing and punctuating sentences can support kids as they learn to build bigger and better sentences in their writing. Grammar instruction and practical examples were written by our curriculum experts, complete with a list of recommended building sentence worksheets for third graders.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 2
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 2
Exercise
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 2
Solidify previous lessons with these exercises that review simple, compound, and complex sentences. Students will pick the correct form of a sentence from multiple choices.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 1
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 1
Exercise
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences 1
Review simple, compound, and complex sentences with your students to help them succeed as they begin writing reports and essays.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Sentence Spinner
Sentence Spinner
Game
Sentence Spinner
Help kids create complex sentences by adding prepositional phrases and wacky adjectives to simple sentences in this sentence spinner game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
5th Grade: Mixed Grammar Review
5th Grade: Mixed Grammar Review
Worksheet
5th Grade: Mixed Grammar Review
Assess your students’ end-of-year knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Lesson Plan
Crafting Your Persuasive Letter
Knowing how to write an effective persuasive letter is a powerful tool. Students will learn how to advocate for their ideas by planning and drafting a well-supported persuasive letter on an issue of their choice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Three Sentence Structures
Three Sentence Structures
Worksheet
Three Sentence Structures
Students will review and play with three basic sentence structures to liven up their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compound Sentence Creations
Compound Sentence Creations
Lesson Plan
Compound Sentence Creations
When it comes to writing, simple is boring! Use this lesson to teach your students how to take their sentences from simple to compound by using coordinating conjunctions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sentences 4
Sentences 4
Guided Lesson
Sentences 4
A sentence stands alone to express a complete thought. Surprisingly, most 5th graders still need to revisit the concepts of complete sentences and fragments and how to punctuate the four different kinds of sentences. Combining shorter sentences into longer, more complex sentences is another skill that requires practice. Students get all of that needed review in this unit, in addition to learning how to identify and fix run-on sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Lesson Plan
An Introduction to Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Introduce your students to three sentence structures. In this exercise, students will participate in a reading scavenger hunt as they look for different types of sentences in a short story.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Writing More Complex Sentences
Writing More Complex Sentences
Lesson Plan
Writing More Complex Sentences
Students will become sentence construction gurus as they learn to craft more sophisticated sentences. Specifically, young writers will use subordinating conjunctions to combine dependent and independent clauses to craft complex sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Opinion Essay Essentials
Opinion Essay Essentials
Lesson Plan
Opinion Essay Essentials
Opinion essays have a structure that is fairly easy to dissect. This lesson includes an anchor essay which students will mark up, a mixed-up essay outline for them to sort, and a web for them to organize ideas for their own essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sentences 3
Sentences 3
Guided Lesson
Sentences 3
Sentences are the building blocks of paragraphs. A sentence is a complete thought that can stand alone and in this unit students will learn what comprises a complete sentence and how to identify a fragment, or incomplete sentence. They will explore different kinds of sentences and how to punctuate them. And, to sharpen their craft, students will learn how to spice up their own writing by adding sentence pattern variety.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Plural Noun Practice
Plural Noun Practice
Lesson Plan
Plural Noun Practice
This lesson gives young explorers a chance to find plural nouns around the classroom and use them to build sentences. It nourishes students' creative sides while helping them learn.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
It’s Grammar Time: Subject + Verb + Object
It’s Grammar Time: Subject + Verb + Object
Worksheet
It’s Grammar Time: Subject + Verb + Object
Use this resource to teach your students about a simple sentence structure they can use to describe characters, settings, and events.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Editor in Chief
Editor in Chief
Workbook
Editor in Chief
Things are jumbled up at the newspaper! Your child has the know-how with the help of this workbook to set things right. Review grammar rules and practice composition through reading passages.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Let's Write Compound Sentences with Fanboys!
Let's Write Compound Sentences with Fanboys!
Lesson Plan
Let's Write Compound Sentences with Fanboys!
In this great grammar lesson, students will practice using coordinating conjunctions to write compound sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

Now that you’ve learned how to construct sentences, learn the different kinds of sentences (yep, there’s more than one!). Practice making simple, compound, and complex sentences with our stash of classroom (or anytime) materials on the subject. Practice writing them out in worksheets, build some in real life with an activity, or click and drag sentence fragments in an online quiz. Next stop, writing novels!
Once your student learns the basic elements of a sentence they may feel ready to start writing more complex pieces. Teaching them how to expand beyond simple sentences into complex and compound sentences will give them the ability to vary their sentences in a way that expands readability and comprehension.
Simple Sentences
A simple sentence consists of three parts. Use an example sentence when explaining to your students. Considering the example sentence, “John ran down the street.”
  • John is the subject. The subject or the actors the sentence is about.
  • Ran is the verb. The verb or the action the subject is taking.
  • The sentence must be a completed thought.

If a sentence contains these three parts, it is considered a complete sentence or an independent clause. This means the sentence can stand alone.
Compound Sentences
A compound sentence, as the name implies, is created when two independent clauses are put together. The two complete sentences are connected using a coordinating conjunction. Examples of coordinating conjunctions are:
  • For
  • And
  • Nor

  • Using the resource provided by Education.com, your students can practice identifying independent clauses and merging them into compound sentences.
    Complex Sentences
    A complex sentence is when an independent clause joins with a dependent clause, or a sentence fragment, using a subordinating conjunction. The sentence: “After he woke up late” is not an independent clause because it is not a complete thought. When joined with the original independent clause, however, it becomes a complex sentence: “John ran down the street after he woke up late.”