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I am working with a team of veteran Kindergarten teachers, whose students are currently struggling with run on sentences. Does anyone have some tips on how to work with 6 yo kids that concretely teaches them how to eliminate run ons?

Jan 11, 2016 10:54pm

  • English Language Arts
  • K
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    • Jan 24, 2016 1:54pm

      Teach simple sentences (a sentence with one idea), then move on to compound sentences using the FANBOYS conjunctions ( but I would not use 'for' as its very outdated as a conjunction ). Practise writing simple and compound sentences and emphasize that if your sentence has more than one idea it must have a conjunction. Later teach complex sentences when they are ready.

      • Jan 24, 2016 6:16pm

        Teach students to notice when an idea ends, you put a period to stop by pointing to sentences as you read a big book.

        • Jan 25, 2016 10:17am

          I have them stand up and move and talk.
          "A whole sentence on the left" (jump to the left)
          "A whole sentence on the right" (jump to the right)
          "Comma (stomp left foot) Fanboys (stomp right foot)"

          • Jan 25, 2016 11:24am

            Why are you worried about run-on sentences in KINDERGARTEN???? Let them run on, throw a comma or period in later as they read what they wrote and pause for breath. And writing presupposes reading, which is being shoved down Kindergarten throats before their brains are ready for it. Let them talk , let them run on, let them get excited about telling a story without worrying about a comma or period. Ridiculous!!!! Read good literature, loaded with run on sentences. Newspapers, designed for 5th grade reading abilities, don't allow run ons. Plenty of time in the next 12 years to worry about commas and periods. Ridiculous!!!!!

            • Jan 25, 2016 12:07pm

              Richard, I appreciate your comments, however counterproductive they are to my teachers and students..which you know nothing about. In the future might I suggest that you either offer constructive comments or none at all- especially when you are completely unaware of the conversations we are having as a team, school and district. This type of negative discussion doesn't help teachers or kids. To Fiona, Paulette and Kristy- thank you for your suggestions. I will take your advice back to my team and see if we can continue to help and support our students in their learning trajectory.