Transition Words

Transition words help a reader transition smoothly between sentences or ideas. Examples of transition words include: similarly, therefore, however, although, first, finally, meanwhile.

Here you'll find a collection of PDF worksheets for teaching students to write sentences with transition words.

These activities align with Common Core Standard W.4.3.c and W.5.2.c.

Sequence:
Transition Words
Write the correct sequence transition word for each of the sentences. An answer key is included.
4th and 5th Grades
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Writing original sentences using the sequence/time trqansition words shown. Words include: before, finally, since, then, and during.
4th Grade
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Cause & Effect:
Transition Words
Write the correct cause-and-effect transition word for each sentence. An answer key is included.
4th and 5th Grades
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Learn about cause and effect transition words. Then write use the given transition words in sentences of your own.
4th and 5th Grades
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Opinions & Reasons:
Linking Words
In this activity, students generate sentences that link opinions to reasons, using the transitional words and phrases shown.
3rd Grade
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Transition Words (Mixed)
Write the appropriate transition word to complete each sentence. An answer key is included. This worksheet uses both "sequence" transitions and "cause and effect" transitions.
4th and 5th Grades
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On this worksheet, students write sentences (or pairs of sentences) which try to incorporate the given transition words. Words include: therefore, finally, nevertheless, however, and otherwise.
5th Grade
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See also:
Sequencing Worksheets

This page has a collection of worksheets on sequencing and ordering events.