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Because and So

Compound sentences can be tricky. Even trickier than making sure all parts go together properly, is choosing the correct conjunction to join them. There are so many different types of conjunctions that sometimes it can be hard to decide which one to use, especially when they have similar meaning. In some cases multiple conjunctions could be correct.

This worksheet on the difference between ‘because’ and ‘so’ will help remove some of the mystery around conjunctions. To cement your students’ understanding of how to use ‘because’ and ‘so’, you could have the class tell a chain story where each element ends with either ‘because’ or ‘so’. For example: The alien was hungry, so … he went to the shop because … he had no food at home because … he ate it all, so … etc. This could be a fun class activity to introduce some fun into the sometimes boring topic of grammar.

Another activity that would reinforce the difference between ‘because’ and ‘so’ would be to write the first part of a sentence on the board then get the kids to finish it in two different ways; one beginning with ‘so’ and the other with ‘because’. For example: I go to school … because it makes me smarter / so I can learn.

For older kids it could even evolve into the difference between subordinating and coordinating conjunctions. Or group activities where kids try to list as many conjunctions as they can (including phrase conjunctions like ‘as well as’).

 

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