Lesson Plan on How to Teach Conjunctions + Activity Ideas

If you are a teacher looking for a lesson plan on how to teach conjunctions, you have come to the right place. Teaching conjunctions to students can be a challenge — the concept itself is simple, so many students incorrectly think they understand conjunctions when in fact they do not. You can make learning fun for them with an interactive conjunction lesson plan. Use these ideas and tips to broaden your teaching techniques and increase student learning.

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Lesson Plan: Mastering Basic Conjunction Usage

Use this lesson plan to help students learn what conjunctions are, how they are used and how to differentiate between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson:

  • students will be able to identify words that function as conjunctions
  • students will be able to differentiate between subordinating and coordinating conjunctions
  • students will be able to correctly use conjunctions to link simple sentences together

Conjunction Instruction (Lecture and Discussion)

Explain to students what conjunctions are and the purpose they serve.

  1. Use the information and examples in this lesson on teaching conjunctions to provide a thorough explanation.
  2. Write a list of a few conjunctions on the board, being sure to include some coordinating conjunctions and some subordinating conjunctions.
  3. Explain what coordinating conjunctions are, and provide a few examples that are not on the board.
  4. Repeat with subordinating conjunctions.
  5. Lead a classroom discussion in which students are asked to identify which conjunctions on the board are coordinating conjunctions and which are subordinating conjunctions.

Conjunction Exercises

Use these conjunction exercises as an in-class activity to allow students to practice what they have learned and reinforce their knowledge.

  • You can list the exercise items on the board and lead a discussion, or have students work through the items individually.
  • Alternately, you could print out the exercise items and assign them for homework or have students work on them in pairs.

Activity 1: Make a Conjunction Word Wall

This classroom activity is designed to encourage students to brainstorm conjunctions and determine if they are coordinating or subordinating conjunctions. The only supplies you’ll need are paper and markers or crayons.

  1. Have your students sit in a circle and write all the words they can think of that are conjunctions on the blackboard.
  2. After removing some duplicates, encourage them to think outside the box. Provide some example sentences using different conjunctions, and have students identify the conjunctions.
  3. Add the newly identified conjunctions to the board.
  4. Review types of conjunctions, then go through the list and ask students to vote on whether each word is a coordinating or subordinating conjunction, marking each appropriately on the board.
  5. Copy each conjunction onto a different sheet of paper, ideally using different colors of paper for subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.
  6. Have your students decorate the words and hang them on the wall, separating the subordinating and coordinating conjunctions from each other.

This way they will be able to refer to the decorated words as they write, which will be helpful with the next activity.

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Activity 2: Linking Up Simple Sentences

This classroom activity is designed to provide students with practice using conjunctions to combine sentences on related topics.

  • Assign students to work in pairs.
  • Choose a topic and have each student write a simple sentence about that topic simultaneously.
  • Assign each pair of students to brainstorm as many conjunctions as they can that would correctly link these two sentences together to create a compound sentence.
  • Have the student pairs read off what they feel are their best compound sentences.

You (and they!) just might be surprised with the variety of words that will work! If you want to gamify this activity, have students vote on the most creative compound sentences.

More Resources for Teaching Conjunctions

The more information you have on hand to teach about conjunctions, the better.

Build on Current or Seasonal Events

There are plenty of other ways to expand your conjunction lesson plan. Incorporating your lesson plans into the rest of the work you are doing in the classroom can be really helpful. Try to fit conjunction work into other subjects, or focus on current events such as holidays or sports seasons.

  • If you are learning about conjunctions around Valentine's Day, for example, make a lot of examples themed around that holiday.
  • If your local sports team is doing well, create a worksheet based around that sport and students’ favorite players.

With creativity on your side, you can make learning anything fun in your classroom, including conjunctions and other parts of speech.

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Digging Even Deeper With Conjunctions

Once your students have mastered the basics of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, expand your lesson plan to other aspects of conjunction usage. Broaden their knowledge by teaching the basics of correlative conjunctions, but don’t stop there if your students are ready for more. If your students are prepared to master more advanced conjunction usage, cover conditional conjunctions with them.