Wednesday, May 2, 2018

*Badger Claws* Clauses

A tip of the hat to retired teacher, Mrs. Ranney for this repost!

Mrs. Yollis' students have been reading about a Chumash boy named Badger Claws. It's been a great way to learn about the Chumash culture! We've also started learning how to improve our writing using dependent clauses

What are dependent clauses?

Dependent clauses start with special words:
After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During.

A dependent clause ends with a comma and cannot stand alone as a sentence. It must be followed by an independent clause, which is a sentence that can stand alone!

Here are some excellent examples of sentences with dependent clauses from our story about Badger Claws. 

1. If mischievous Badger Claws had not gone into the hot sweathouse, he would not have been caught by the Shaman!

2. After the Shaman left the brave Badger Claws in the high mountains, Badger Claws took a nap.

3. If Badger Claws shoots the fluffy, furry rabbit, he will have to skin it, clean it, and cook it before he eats it.

4. Since Badger Claws couldn't shoot a furry rabbit, he practiced shooting down the bumpy trail.

5. After Badger Claws shot a furry, little rabbit, he needed to skin the rabbit's soft fur.

6. When Badger Claws woke up in the freezing night,
he saw two monstrous "grizzly bears!"

7. Since brave Badger Claws found out the tracks were littleraccoon tracks, he was laughing like crazy!

8. Before Aged One got home, he devoured several acorn cakes and then lied about it. 

9. During the first two moons, Badger Claws was able to construct an ap, make acorn cakes, and adopt an orphaned raccoon. 

10. While Badger Claws slept, the little raccoon escaped and ate several acorn cakes.  

How did you like our dependent clauses?

If you have a sentence with a dependent clause that you'd like to share, we'd love to read it! (Hey, that was a dependent clause sentence!)

Maybe you can leave a sentence with a dependent clause about your biography subject! 

Again, dependent clauses start with special words: After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During.


  1. Ethan, Charlie, Mila, Jake F., and Chloe SkyMay 3, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    We have several dependent clause sentences.

    Ethan: During the Civil War, African-American people did not have equal rights in America.

    Charlie: Before Milton Hershey died, he transferred all of his wealth to the Milton Hershey School.

    Mila: After grasshoppers invaded their home, Laura Ingalls Wilder's dad had to go away to a farm where the locusts had not been.

    Jake F.: If Jacques Cousteau had never learned to swim, he would not have thought of inventing the aqua lung, buying the Calypso, or making his own hit television show.

    Chloe Sky: While Elizabeth Blackwell was in New York, her sister became a teacher.

    Can you add any new dependent clauses about your biography subject?

    Mrs. Y♥llis and Ethan, Charlie, Mila, Jake F., and Chloe Sky

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Since we are learning about dependent clauses, Mrs. Yollis is letting me put mine in and here they are! They are about Mother Teresa.

    WHEN she was young, she wanted to help the poor every day and night.

    SINCE her father was important in the city, he left to attend a meeting in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

    WHEN her father came back, he sadly got very sick and died the next day at age 45.

    I'd love to hear some of your dependent clauses!

    Your friend,

  3. Dear Class,

    After I picked up my US mail today, I looked for texts on my IPad and found a new message from Mrs. Yollis's Class via email. What a delight! I love learning what is going on in Grade Three and the activities in which my great niece is involved.

    Mrs. Hubiak

    P.S. Please send more.


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