There are three basic types of sentences: simple, compound and complex. Simple sentences contain an independent clause (that is, a subject and a verb making a complete thought). Compound sentences are two simple sentences joined together by a comma and a coordinating junction such as for, and or nor. A complex sentence is a simple sentence joined to a dependent clause--a clause that has to be attached to another sentence element to form a complete thought. Practice makes perfect, so avail of the multitude of online resources to help your child understand the basics.
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Sentence Sort Game
Your child needs to help the fox cross the park in this online game. She clicks on the disc, which then spins and brings up a sentence. Once she correctly identifies a sentence as simple, complex or compound, she will score one, two or three marks. These marks then move the fox through the park. At the bottom right-hand corner, you can click on a sentence type to provide a definition of that type along with examples.
Putting Sentences Together Games
These three online games help your child to put sentences together. Working with compound sentences, the first game challenges your child to correctly identify a compound sentence. Your child is shown sentences that could be compound sentences, and your child clicks on "Yes" or "No." In the next game, your child will see the start of a sentence and will have to choose between four endings to complete the compound sentence. In the final game, your child will see a piece of text, such as a letter, that has 10 gaps. He then has to choose between commas, full-stops and four conjunctions to fill in the gaps. The examples are very easy to follow, and the advice given if your child gets it wrong is very informative. Once your child has mastered the three games, engage the timer to make it more difficult for him.
Following the rules of Battleship, this online game has your child choosing between compound and complex sentences. Definitions of both sentences are shown at all times during the decision-making process. Should he choose the wrong answer, he can click on the same square on his next turn to try again.
This online game will teach your child how to complete a sentence by using a conjunction word. She is shown a sentence with a gap in it, and bubbles float past containing the correct conjunction. Once she chooses an answer and clicks on "Done," she is then taken to a page explaining why her choice was the right or the wrong answer.
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