Sentences with 'because'

In this activity, students practise composing sentences with the word because.

Goals

Lesson Plan

The teacher explains that today, we will practise using the word because.

In Activity 1 in the right hand column, a number of tiles are presented in each slide. The first slide contains two statements and the question 'Why?'. Students should arrange the tiles into a reasonable dialogue. For example, Slide 1 should be arranged to read:

Slide 1 implicitly emphasises the causal relationship conveyed by because. Because answers the question why

On Slide 1, one tile contains the word because. The other two tiles present the same two propositions as before. Which one should be placed before because and which one goes after? The students can drag the tiles around the smart board to put them in a sensible order. Some students will notice that there are hints in the tiles - the capital letter for the beginning of the sentence and the full stop for the end are both given in the tiles. Less confident students can use those hints to help find the answers. Slide 2 should be arranged to read:

Students have just created a complete sentence with a subordinating conjunction and a subordinate clause! Work through each slide with the students, discussing the relationship between the two parts. Are there any examples that are unclear? Are there any that are debatable?

Further work

Students should now be prepared to compose their own sentences using the word because. They can start by writing dialogues as in the slides, or they can try writing 3 to 5 sentences of their own with because.

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Sentences with 'because': Activity

I'm wearing wellies.
Why?
Because it's raining.

I'm wearing wellies
because
it's raining.

You're it.
Why?
Because I tagged you.

You're it
because
I tagged you.

I had a party.
Why?
Because it's my birthday.

I had a party
because
it's my birthday.

I like fruit.
Why?
Because it's sweet.

I like fruit
because
it's sweet.

I know about insects.
Why?
Because I read about them in school.

I know about insects
because
I read about them in school.

The goats jumped.
Why?
Because there was a loud noise.

The goats jumped
because
there was a loud noise.

The weather is cold.
Why?
Because it's February.

The weather is cold
because
it's February.

I'm busy.
Why?
Because I have loads of homework.

I'm busy
because
I have loads of homework.

Everyone heard you.
Why?
Because you were speaking so loudly.

Everyone heard you
because
you were speaking so loudly.

My stomach hurts.
Why?
Because I ate too many sweets.

My stomach hurts
because
I ate too many sweets.

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