Essay Transition Words Worksheet Teachers

Do you need tips on teaching transition words for second grade? Maybe you need some ideas on getting second graders to write more effectively? This article will give you some hints to help you and your students.

Basic Transition Words

Why use transition words? Using transition words is an effective way to:

  • Develop cause and effect relationships
  • Show sequence and order
  • Clarify where and how something happened
  • Assist in comparing and contrasting

Let’s look at four groups of transition words for second grade with some examples of each:

  • Time Order - first, second, later, once, next, then, earlier, suddenly, meanwhile, last, finally, before, afterward, soon, immediately, yesterday, and tomorrow.
  • Cause/Effect Transition - because, since, so, if, therefore, as a result, of, then
  • Location/Descriptive Transition - among, nearby, above, below, opposite, next to, beneath, beside, in front of
  • Compare/Contrast Transition - like, although, but, in the same way, also, otherwise, however, on the other hand, unlike

Activities for Transition Words

When explaining transition words to second grade students, tell them they are learning to go with the flow. Transition words help connect the facts of the story in a way that the reader can follow along. They help in describing things, explaining when, where, and how things happened, and comparing one thing to another.

Here is a worksheet for practicing transition words. Before you have the students work on this, you may want to put the following sentences on the board and have the students identify the transition words:

  • Unlike other team members, Mary works hard.
  • First she went to school; then she attended dance class.
  • Although everyone said not to, he took the rocky path.

Transition Words Worksheet

A. Directions: Fill in the blank with a transition word that is listed.

before        earlier        soon        finally        later

  1. I have been starving all day.  _______, I get to eat.
  2. _______ I go to bed, I brush my teeth.
  3. I am busy now, so _______, we can go to the mall.
  4. She was here _______, but is gone now.
  5. I hope the movie starts _______.

B. Directions: Circle the correct transition word.

  1. (Because, Then) it is cold outside, I will wear a coat.
  2. I don't know the answer, (if, so) I will guess.
  3. She ran really fast, (therefore, since) she is very tired.
  4. We will eat, (so, then) we will see the game.
  5. I failed the test, (since, then) I didn't study.

C. Directions: Circle the correct transition word.

but        also        otherwise    on the other hand        however

  1. (On the other hand, Like) rules are made to be broken.
  2. Get up early, (also, otherwise) you will be late.
  3. He is crazy, (but, also) I like him anyway.
  4. (Also, Because), I am going to see the play.
  5. (However, Also) you can make it work, just do it.

D. Directions: Fill in the blank with a transition word that is listed.

beneath    among    opposite    in front of    above

  1. Standing _______ me was a monster.
  2. _______ the branches of a large tree stood a lost child.
  3. _______ the clouds, the jet sparkled in the sun.
  4. _______ hundreds of three leaf clovers, I found a four leaf clover.
  5. _______ the door, on the other side of the room, there was a passageway.

E. Complete these sentences:

  1. Not long after,
  2. In the meantime,
  3. As a result,
  4. In other words,
  5. By the way, 

Answers:

A. 1. Finally 2. Before 3. later 4. earlier 5. soon

B. 1. because 2. so 3. therefore 4. then 5. since

C. 1. On the other hand 2. otherwise 3. but 4. also 5. However

D. 1. in front of 2. Beneath 3. Above 4. Among 5. Opposite

E. Answers will vary.

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Transition Words for Second Grade

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Do you need tips on teaching transition words for second grade? Maybe you need some ideas on getting second graders to write more effectively? This article will give you some hints to help you and your students.

Transition Words

Transition words tie two thoughts together and add fluency to writing. Words such as “although,” “however,” and “for example,” play an important role to help move smoothly from one paragraph to another. However, they also help a reader to understand location, similarities and differences, or main points.  There are several categories of concluding transitions, and understanding each is important to choosing a good word or phrase for a sentence or paragraph. We've included helpful lists,  and printable worksheets below.

Scroll  Directly to Printable Transition Word Worksheets.

Place and Space Transition Words

These transition words of place and space help the reader understand location.

Example:  Nearby, the teachers were meeting in a closed-door session.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
aboveacrossaroundadjacent to
belowbetweenbeyondhere
insidenearbyneighboring onopposite to
outsidetherewherever

Comparison / Contrast Transition Words

These transition words of comparison and contrast emphasize either the similarities of two ideas or the difference between them.

Example: Similarly, the harvest dance was also held on a Friday night.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
after alland yetat the same timebut
by the same tokenhoweverin contrastin like manner
in similar fashionin the same waylikewisenevertheless
notwithstandingon the contraryon the other handotherwise
rathersimilarlythoughyet

Cause / Purpose / Condition Transition Words

These transition words of cause, purpose, and condition guide the reader from an idea to its underlying root.

Example: Even if the school district pays for half of the students’ breakfasts, there still will be those without enough resources to pay for the remaining amount.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
becauseeven iffor that reasonfor this purpose
given thatgrantedinasmuch asin order that
on account ofprovided thatsinceso that
to be sureto that endto this end

Conclusion / Summary Transition Words

These transition words of conclusion and summary allow the writer to recap one point before moving to the next or to the end.

Example: Ultimately, no one has more influence on a student ’s grades than the student himself.

Read more about how to write a conclusion paragraph.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
all in allall things consideredaltogetherfinally
in briefin conclusionin essencein short
in summaryin the final analysisto concludeto sum up
to summarizeultimately

Time / Sequence Transition Words

These transition words of time and sequence explain order or chronology to the reader.

Example: In the meantime, the library will be closed during lunch.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
afterafterwardsalwaysat length
beforeduringfollowinghenceforth
immediatelyin the meantimelaterearlier
meanwhilenevernextnow
occasionallyoncesimultaneouslyso far
sometimessoonsubequentlythen
this timeuntil nowwhenwhenever
while

Effect / Result / Qualification Transition Words

These transition words of effect, result, and qualification take the reader from the problem to its consequences or possible results.

Example: Consequently, fewer students are able to take courses in the fine arts: music, art, and drama.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
accordinglyalmostas a resultalthough
alwaysconsequentlyfrequentlyhence
henceforthin that casemaybenever
perhapsprobablyso thentherefore
thus

Addition / Extension Transition Words

These transition words of addition and extension are used to add to a previous idea or extend the logic or argument.

Example: Furthermore, the student council has unanimously endorsed the revised calendar for the school.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
additionallyagainalsoand
besideseven morefinallyfirst (or in the first place)
furtherfurthermorein additionin the same way
last, lastlylikewisemoreovernext
second, secondly, etc. (or in the second place)similarlythird (etc.)too

Example / Clarification / Emphasis Transition Words

These transition words of example, clarification, and emphasis are used by writers to explain a point or to give emphasis.

Example: In other words, a longer school day may provide more opportunities instead of fewer.

Word List (Open PDF Version)
above allas an illustrationby all meanscertainly
e.g., (for example)especiallyfor examplefor instance
i.e., (that is)importantlyin factin other words
indeedmore importantlynoof course
particularlyspecificallysurelythat is to say
to clarifyto demonstrateto explainto illustrate
to put another wayto repeatto rephrase itundoubtedly
without a doubtyes

As you can see, there are a great many choices when deciding which word best connects sentences or paragraphs. While not easy, understanding how these "connecting" words work make writing much easier for students.

Free, Printable Worksheets

Correct the Transition Word Mistakes – Worksheet

Have your students revise sentences and correct transition word mistakes with this educational writing activity.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.5.2.c, W.6.2.c, W.7.2.c, W.8.2.c

Identify the Transition Words

Help your students identify different transition words with this printable writing worksheet.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.5.2.c, W.6.2.c

Transition Words: Complete the Sentence

Enhance your students’ writing skills with this “Complete the Sentence” transition words activity.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.5.2.c, W.6.2.c, W.7.2.c

Transition Words: Connecting Ideas

Teach your students how to connect ideas with this helpful transition words classroom activity.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.5.2.c

Using Transition Words

In this worksheet, your students will learn how to properly use transition words in a sentence.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.5.2.c, W.6.2.c, W.7.2.c

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