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Combining Sentences
Why combine sentences?

Too many short sentences make a paragraph
sound choppy.
Why combine sentences?

Combining sentences helps us
to showcase the relationships
between ideas.
Compound sentences

One way to combine two sentences
is to make a compound sentence
with the conjunctions
and, or, but, ye...
Combine the sentences
Wetlands can improve water quality.

People build new wetlands in cities.
Combine the sentences
Wetlands can improve water quality.
What conjunction can
connect these ideas?

People build new wetl...
Combine the sentences
Wetlands can improve water quality.

so
People build new wetlands in cities.
Combine the sentences
Wetlands can improve water
quality, so people build wetlands in
cities.
Combine the sentences
This body of water looks like a lake.

It is a reservoir to hold drinking water.

and

but

so

or

...
Combine the sentences
This body of water looks like a lake.

but
It is a reservoir to hold drinking water.

and

but

so

...
Combine the sentences
This body of water looks like a
lake, but it is a reservoir to hold
drinking water.
Combine the sentences
The Eastern newt spends part of its life in
the water.
It spends part of its life on land.

and

but...
Combine the sentences
The Eastern newt spends part of its life in
the water.

and
It spends part of its life on land.

and...
Combine the sentences

The Eastern newt spends part of its
life in the water, and it spends part of
its life on land.
Other ways to combine sentences

We can also move ideas around
to make longer, smoother
sentences.
Combine the sentences
Salt marshes are important habitats.
Many kinds of animals live in salt
marshes. Salt marshes are we...
Combine the sentences
Salt marshes are important habitats.
Many kinds of animals live in salt
marshes. Salt marshes are we...
Combine the sentences
Salt marshes are important habitats.
Many kinds of animals live in salt
marshes. Salt marshes are we...
Lots of choices!
Fiddler crabs are small. They live in salt
marshes. They dig burrows.
Lots of choices!
Fiddler crabs are small. They live in salt
marshes. They dig burrows.

Fiddler crabs are small creatures
...
Lots of choices!
Fiddler crabs are small. They live in salt
marshes. They dig burrows.

Small fiddler crabs live in salt
m...
Can you combine these?
Willets are wading birds. They have
sensitive beaks. They catch snails and
crabs.
Is this a good combination?
Willets are wading birds. They have
sensitive beaks. They catch snails and
crabs.

No, this is...
Is this a good combination?
Willets are wading birds. They have
sensitive beaks. They catch snails and
crabs.

Hmm….this i...
Is this a good combination?
Willets are wading birds. They have
sensitive beaks. They catch snails and
crabs.

Yes! This c...
More Practice
Herons live in wetlands. They wade in
the water. They are tall birds.
More Practice

Green frog tadpoles live in ponds. They
eat algae and dead plants.
More Practice

Many insect larvae live in creeks.
Mayfly larvae live in creeks. Dragonfly
larvae live in creeks.
What have you learned?

What strategies do you use to
combine sentences?
What are you still wondering
about?
by Emily Kissner
All photos by Emily Kissner
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Sentence Combining

  1. 1. Combining Sentences
  2. 2. Why combine sentences? Too many short sentences make a paragraph sound choppy.
  3. 3. Why combine sentences? Combining sentences helps us to showcase the relationships between ideas.
  4. 4. Compound sentences One way to combine two sentences is to make a compound sentence with the conjunctions and, or, but, yet, or so.
  5. 5. Combine the sentences Wetlands can improve water quality. People build new wetlands in cities.
  6. 6. Combine the sentences Wetlands can improve water quality. What conjunction can connect these ideas? People build new wetlands in cities. and but so or yet
  7. 7. Combine the sentences Wetlands can improve water quality. so People build new wetlands in cities.
  8. 8. Combine the sentences Wetlands can improve water quality, so people build wetlands in cities.
  9. 9. Combine the sentences This body of water looks like a lake. It is a reservoir to hold drinking water. and but so or yet
  10. 10. Combine the sentences This body of water looks like a lake. but It is a reservoir to hold drinking water. and but so or yet
  11. 11. Combine the sentences This body of water looks like a lake, but it is a reservoir to hold drinking water.
  12. 12. Combine the sentences The Eastern newt spends part of its life in the water. It spends part of its life on land. and but so or yet
  13. 13. Combine the sentences The Eastern newt spends part of its life in the water. and It spends part of its life on land. and but so or yet
  14. 14. Combine the sentences The Eastern newt spends part of its life in the water, and it spends part of its life on land.
  15. 15. Other ways to combine sentences We can also move ideas around to make longer, smoother sentences.
  16. 16. Combine the sentences Salt marshes are important habitats. Many kinds of animals live in salt marshes. Salt marshes are wetlands. Salt marshes are important wetland habitats with many kinds of animals.
  17. 17. Combine the sentences Salt marshes are important habitats. Many kinds of animals live in salt marshes. Salt marshes are wetlands. Salt marshes are important wetland habitats with many kinds of animals.
  18. 18. Combine the sentences Salt marshes are important habitats. Many kinds of animals live in salt marshes. Salt marshes are wetlands. Salt marshes are important wetland habitats with many kinds of animals.
  19. 19. Lots of choices! Fiddler crabs are small. They live in salt marshes. They dig burrows.
  20. 20. Lots of choices! Fiddler crabs are small. They live in salt marshes. They dig burrows. Fiddler crabs are small creatures that dig burrows in salt marshes.
  21. 21. Lots of choices! Fiddler crabs are small. They live in salt marshes. They dig burrows. Small fiddler crabs live in salt marshes, where they dig burrows.
  22. 22. Can you combine these? Willets are wading birds. They have sensitive beaks. They catch snails and crabs.
  23. 23. Is this a good combination? Willets are wading birds. They have sensitive beaks. They catch snails and crabs. No, this is not a good combination. It is a run-on sentence. Willets are wading birds they have sensitive beaks they catch snails and crabs.
  24. 24. Is this a good combination? Willets are wading birds. They have sensitive beaks. They catch snails and crabs. Hmm….this is closer, but does the word because really fit? Willets catch snails and crabs because they are wading birds with sensitive beaks.
  25. 25. Is this a good combination? Willets are wading birds. They have sensitive beaks. They catch snails and crabs. Yes! This combination works well. Willets are wading birds that use their sensitive beaks to catch snails and crabs.
  26. 26. More Practice Herons live in wetlands. They wade in the water. They are tall birds.
  27. 27. More Practice Green frog tadpoles live in ponds. They eat algae and dead plants.
  28. 28. More Practice Many insect larvae live in creeks. Mayfly larvae live in creeks. Dragonfly larvae live in creeks.
  29. 29. What have you learned? What strategies do you use to combine sentences? What are you still wondering about?
  30. 30. by Emily Kissner All photos by Emily Kissner

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