Transitions to convey sequence and signal shifts

Transitions to convey sequence and signal shifts

I can use transitional words and phrases effectively in my writing.

OpenNo account needed.
Transitions to convey sequence and signal shifts

8,000 schools use Gynzy

92,000 teachers use Gynzy

1,600,000 students use Gynzy


Students learn to use different types of transitions including transitions that show a cause and effect relationship, emphasis, and sequence of events. They wilk be able to choose the appropriate words to fill in blanks and combine ideas using specific transitional words and phrases.


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3c
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1c
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.2c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2c; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2c

Learning Objective

Students will be able to use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one timeframe or setting to another.


Explain that transition words and phrases make your writing flow more smoothly. They are like road signs, guiding the reader through the text. Explain the purpose of transitions. They connect ideas in your writing and make the text more coherent.


Explain that transitions can be overused and that they often require specific punctuation. Transitions also belong in different categories based on their purpose. Go through some of these categories and provide examples: cause and effect, compare and contrast, emphasis, give an example, establish sequence, give dimensional meaning, give chronology, draw a conclusion, and add more facts. Students will spin a wheel and match the word or phrase to the correct category. Students then drag the transition words and phrases to the correct categories. Finally, have students read the sentences and choose the best transition to fill in the blanks.


Students respond to 10 questions which check their understanding of key concepts in the lesson.


Students will read a list of 11 sentences, then they will choose from a list of transition words to combine the sentences into a cohesive paragraph. Ask students how the paragraph on the following slide can be improved.

The online teaching platform for interactive whiteboards and displays in schools

  • Save time building lessons

  • Manage the classroom more efficiently

  • Increase student engagement

About Gynzy

Gynzy is an online teaching platform for interactive whiteboards and displays in schools.

With a focus on elementary education, Gynzy’s Whiteboard, digital tools, and activities make it easy for teachers to save time building lessons, increase student engagement, and make classroom management more efficient.

Go to Homepage

Get started with Gynzy