If you need some practice in using elementary school transition words and phrases, then you are in the right place. Following is a definition of transition words and examples of their use along with a worksheet for practice.
When explaining transition words to elementary students, you need to tell them it is like “going with the flow.” It makes writing interesting and moves it along. It is important to use more than one transition word or your writing will sound boring, like: “I saw the dog. Then I pet the dog. Then he ran away. Then I went home.” It would be much better to say: “I saw a dog and then began to pet him. Soon he ran away, so I went home.” The text was improved by putting short sentences together and using transition words.
Transition words are used in several different situations to tell different things:
Here is a list of elementary school transition words and phrases grouped by function:
Words: first, second, again, later, once, when, next, then, earlier, suddenly, meanwhile, last, finally, before, still, afterward, soon, immediately, too, yesterday, now, tomorrow.
Phrases: and then, in the meantime, as soon as, as long as, after awhile, at that time, in the past, at last
Words: since, so, if, of, then, because, therefore, consequently
Phrases: as a result, for this purpose, to that end, to this end
Words: like, although, but, also, otherwise, however, unlike, again, despite, instead
Phrases: in the same way, on the other hand, once more, even though, on the contrary
Words: above, below, among, nearby, next to, opposite, beneath, beside, beyond, elsewhere, far, here, near, nearby, there
Phrases: in front of, adjacent to, closer to, further on, to the right/left, opposite to
Words and Phrases: even, for example, for instance, to illustrate, after all, in fact, such as
Words and Phrases: therefore, as a result, in any event, on the whole, in summary, as I have said, in other words, as we have seen, in conclusion, as mentioned earlier
Here is a worksheet for practicing elementary school transition words and phrases.
Example: The transition words are underlined in these sentences:
A. Underline the best transition word in the following sentences:
B. Fill in the blanks with the best word.
after all finally despite in front of in any event