Transition words for kids help sew their writing together with an easy flow. Teaching this tactic to young students sets them up for a lifetime of clear and cohesive writing. If you're looking for some practice with elementary school transition words and phrases, you're in the right place. Review what transition words are and how they're used, then explore several lists of transition words and phrases. Finally, download a printable practice worksheet.
Transition Words and Phrases Defined
Transition words and phrases link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly and highlight how ideas relate to each other. When explaining transition words to elementary students, it's important to state that they help make writing more interesting and move it along.
Transition Words Example
Here's an example to highlight the difference between a sentence with no transition words and one with transition words.
I saw the dog. Then, I petted the dog. Then, he ran away. Then, I went home.
It would be much smoother to say:
I saw a dog and then began to pet him, but soon he ran away. So, then I went home.
This bit of text was improved by putting short sentences together and using transition words.
How Transition Words Are Used
Transition words are used in different situations to tell different things.
- They tell when, where, and how something occurred.
- They describe things.
- They compare things.
Transition Word Lists for Elementary Students
For a quick list of transition words, download and save or print the list below. Just click the image and it will open as a PDF. You can also explore several other lists of elementary school transition words and phrases grouped by function.
List of Cause/Effect Transition Words and Phrases
Use the words and phrases below to transition between a cause and its effect.
as a result
in the event that
for this purpose
for this reason
that being the case
to that end
to this end
with this in mind
List of Compare and Contrast Transitions
Use these transition words and phrases when you're comparing or contrasting information.
as a matter of fact
in the same way
on the contrary
on the other hand
to say nothing of
Location Transitions List
Use the words or phrases below when you need a transition that indicates where something is located.
here and there
in front of
in the background
in the center of
in the distance
in the middle of
on this side
to the left
to the right
List of Examples Transitions
When highlighting examples in your writing, use these transition words or phrases.
Time and Sequence Transitions List
When a transition needs to indicate time or sequence, use one of the following transitional terms or phrases.
as a final point
as long as
as previously stated
as soon as
at that time
first of all
getting to the point
in the first place
in the last place
in the meantime
in the past
last but not least
List of Conclusion Transitions
When you need to use a transition word to conclude an idea or essay, use these terms or phrases.
as a result
as I have said
as mentioned earlier
as we have seen
in any event
in other words
on the whole
Printable Transition Words and Phrases Worksheet
Ready to practice using transition words and phrases? Try out a few practice questions or an entire worksheet full of them.
Practice Questions From the Worksheet
A selection of practice questions from the worksheet is included below. The answers are provided after the worksheet.
Section 1: Word Choice
Remember that transition words and phrases link sentences together smoothly. Choose the correct word for each item.
- (Because, Before) it was raining, I didn't walk my dog this evening.
- I love chocolate, (although, so) I eat chocolate candy whenever I can.
- The test was really hard. (Therefore, Then), only five students passed it.
- First, you have to answer the questions. (Next, So), you hand in your paper.
- Ben needs to go to bed early. (Although, Otherwise), he will be late for school.
Section 2: Fill-in-The-Blank
Complete each item with the transitional word or phrase from the following list that fits best: after all, finally, despite, in front of, in any event.
- We need a meeting place. __________ the fountain is a good spot.
- We have been waiting in line for 45 minutes. __________, we can buy our tickets.
- __________ the high cost of the ticket, I am going to the concert.
Transition Words Worksheet
This worksheet includes word choice and fill-in-the-blank sections along with an answer key.
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Answers to Practice Questions
Check your work against the answers below.
Section 1 Answers
- Because it was raining, I didn't walk my dog this evening.
- I love chocolate, so I eat chocolate candy whenever I can.
- The test was really hard. Therefore, only five students passed it.
- First, you have to answer the questions. Next, you hand in your paper.
- Ben needs to go to bed early. Otherwise, he will be late for school
Section 2 Answers
Verify that you chose appropriate words for each item.
- We need a meeting place. In front of the fountain is a good spot.
- We have been waiting in line for 45 minutes. Finally, we can buy our tickets.
- Despite the high cost of the ticket, I am going to the concert.
More Tools for Teaching Transitions
It's so important for students to begin mastering how to use transitional words and phrases when they're young. Use these examples of transitional words and phrases to further explain how to use correctly use transitions in language. If you're working with early elementary classes or students in higher grades who need a basic review, use these transition words and activities to reinforce and review skills. For more advanced learners, focus on how to use transitional words in an essay.