I originally created these sentence types posters and handout as part of a task card product, but I have decided to offer just these four resources for free. Use them as a reminder to help your students understand these three types of sentences.
If you are interested in digging a little deeper, you may want to check out this double set of task cards that I created to help students become fluent with simple, compound, and complex sentences. At first, I was planning to make just one set that would help students to identify these sentences, and I did make that set. It has a pretty straightforward multiple choice format. Here is a sample card:
But then, as I dug deeper into Common Core, I found that for students to really gain fluency with types of sentences, they need to create them and change them from one sentence type to another. With that in mind, I created a second, more challenging set. The cards are short answer and vary between several formats. Sometimes they must change a sentence, while other times they are adding a clause, or taking one away. Here are two sample cards:
This second set of cards support these Common Core Standards for grades 4-7:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1f Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2c Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.3a Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1a Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.3a Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1a Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1b Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.
In theory, they also support this standard for grade three, but I believe this set is too difficult for most third grade students:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1i Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Both sets contain 32 cards, answer sheets and answer keys. There are also four challenge cards included that can be used with every other card in the set. For example, Challenge Card 1 for the second set of cards requires the student to identify the dependent and independent clauses in the sentence he or she wrote for as an answer. Challenge Card 3 asks the student to add a prepositional phrase to the answer sentence.
If you would like to take a closer look, you can find both sets here.
I hope the posters (and the task cards, should you choose to purchase them) make learning sentence types a little easier for your students!