Monday, August 5, 2013

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

Today we used this cute dragon photo to inspire our writing. At first, I pretended I had a new pet.

Personal Dragon Pet

In writing, we are learning more about sentences. Sentences are a group of words that express an idea. They have a subject and a verb.

A simple sentence has one idea.
The little dragon wriggled on my fingers.

A compound sentence has two ideas joined by a conjunction.
The dragon is learning to breathe fire and it has lit a candle.

A complex sentence has two or more parts. One part has the main idea and makes sense by itself. The other parts contain information which builds on the main idea. The extra part does not make sense by itself.
The dragon's nostrils billowed smoke as if it was real.

Watch our Explain Everything which we recorded as we created our sentences.


  1. Awesome Mr M.
    I like how you have made a post on what we did today for writing.
    I like writing about the dragon.
    I can't wait to publish my story on my blog.
    Well done.

  2. This is such a good post Mr.M!
    I think that the little dragon is very cute.
    Very nice and clear recording.
    I can't wait to finish writing about the little dragon.
    Well done:-)

    1. Thanks for the great comments, Olivia and Hannah. I am glad you have enjoyed this writing prompt.

  3. This was a good writing prompt. The dragon looks so real. Everyone had great sentences. :-)

  4. It WAS a great writing prompt.
    I think we are all doing a great job with complex compound, and Simple sentences!

    Sincerely, Teva Tait.

    1. Thanks Inderpreet and Teva.

      You are both such creative writers and I look forward to reading your completed stories.

  5. Room 5 used this picture to inspire their writing too. Maybe we could share our writing with each other.

    1. That is so cool, Mrs H.

      We would be very keen to share and read writing with our buddy class!