Fan Boys

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Fan Boys

This lesson will give students practice with constructing compound sentences. It is used with 4th graders.

  • Ask students to talk to their partner about everything they know about compound sentences.
  • As a class share what they know (hopefully they understand the key points of having two complete sentences, a comma, and a joining word)
  • Pass out the Fan Boys strips to the children. These are words that are used to join compound sentences. Look them over and discuss some of the ones that students may not be familiar with, such as yet & nor.
  • Pass out a stack of Magic School Bus books and a large white paper (18x24) to each table group. Have the students fold the paper into 8 sections and label each section with one of the Fan Boys.
  • Give the students 10 or 15 minutes to go on a scavenger hunt in the Magic School Bus books for compound sentences. If they find one they should record it on the group paper, in the appropraite section. As you walk around check the students' work and put a star next to sentences you have read and approved. This is a great time to have discussions about what is and isn't a compound sentence.
  • Pass out the Elephant Facts worksheet and a piece of lined paper to the children. Their assignment is to write 7 compund sentences, each one using a different Fan Boy. They should use the list of facts as the subject of their sentences, and they should pay close attention to properly constructing a compund sentence. This is just sentence practice. They aren't writting a report. This is not a paragraph they are writing. As they work they can use their Fan Boys strip to cross off the ones they have already used.
  • When they are finished they may trade papers with a neighbor and check each other's work. Partners may even be asked to circle the comma and underline the Fan Boy in every sentence as they read.
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