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Sentences vs. Fragment: Floyd Danger Adventure
Sentences vs. Fragment: Floyd Danger Adventure
Game
Sentences vs. Fragment: Floyd Danger Adventure
In this fast-paced treasure-hunting game, kids identify and construct complete sentences, learning to avoid sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
This third grade independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies activities.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with Week 2 of this independent study packet for fifth graders.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Run-Ons
Run-Ons
Exercise
Run-Ons
Improve your students' phrasing with these exercises that teach them how to identify and fix awkward run-on sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of this independent study packet for fifth graders offers a stack of at-home learning opportunities.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Sentences 4
Sentences 4
Guided Lesson
Sentences 4
A sentence stands alone to express a complete thought. Surprisingly, most 5th graders still need to revisit the concepts of complete sentences and fragments and how to punctuate the four different kinds of sentences. Combining shorter sentences into longer, more complex sentences is another skill that requires practice. Students get all of that needed review in this unit, in addition to learning how to identify and fix run-on sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Precise Punctuation
Precise Punctuation
Workbook
Precise Punctuation
Two kids and a mad scientist go on a grammar adventure in this punctuation workbook! Learn comma placement, writing titles, and sentence structure as this time-traveling trio hops across decades.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Functions of Conjunctions
Functions of Conjunctions
Lesson Plan
Functions of Conjunctions
A deeper comprehension of clauses and conjunctions will help your young writers understand the building blocks of language. Practice with conjunctions will also help them create more complex sentences and correct run-on sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Conjunctions: The Cure for Your Run-ons
Conjunctions: The Cure for Your Run-ons
Worksheet
Conjunctions: The Cure for Your Run-ons
Writers will learn to identify run-on sentences and repair them with conjunctions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Worksheet
Correcting Run-On Sentences
Take a crack at correcting run-on sentences (all based on classic Shakespeare quotes) in this page from one of our upcoming workbooks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Run On Sentences

It’s easy to start a sentence, but where to stop? Run on sentences are a common problem for kids just getting used to writing paragraphs. Help your kid give run-ons a rest with our materials about how to prevent them. We’ve got practice worksheets,but also games and activities to make it fun, drills to test their knowledge, and lesson plans and articles for when you need a hand!
Students are often taught early on what represents a complete sentence. A complete sentence must begin with a capital, end with the appropriate punctuation mark, and contain a complete clause with a noun and a predicate. Without these things, the sentence would be considered a fragment. What students also need to understand and avoid, though, is the other end of the spectrum: the run-on sentence.

Types of Run-On Sentences

When two or more independent clauses are properly joined, they become a compound clause or sentence. When improperly joined, however, they are called a run-on sentence. One example of a run on sentence is simply two independent clauses put together with nothing separating them:

George went to the library he loved to read and watch the people come and go.


Another type of run-on sentence is called a comma splice. This is when a writer attempts to create a compound clause but only puts a comma between the two independent clauses, leaving out any type of conjunction.

George went to the library, he loved to read and watch the people come and go.


Correcting Run-On Sentences

There are ways to correct a run-on sentence.
  • Separate the two clauses completely with a period
    • George went to the library. He loved to read and watch the people come and go.
  • Use a comma and a coordinating conjunction
    • George went to the library, because he loved to read and watch the people come and go.
Practicing identifying and correcting run-on sentences using the resources provided by Education.com above may help students to avoid them in their writings.