Structured practice following directions, repeating, completing, and then formulating sentences containing the relative clauses ‘that’ or ‘who’.
Between the ages of 4-5 years of age, typically developing children start to form sentences containing relative clauses (Barako Arndt & Schuele (2013)).
A relative clause is a subordinate clause that specifies or gives information about a person or a thing. They come after nouns or pronouns; and often begin with a relative pronoun such as “who”, “that”, or “which”. They can help specify or describe what you are talking about in enough detail for others to understand.
- The librarian who works on Wednesdays caught the bus to work.
- The snake that had yellow spots and red stripes was highly venomous.
- The lawnmower, which is in the garage, needs a service.
Many children need additional help to understand and use sentences containing relative clauses – including some children with developmental language and learning disorders, and some people learning English as a second language. This resource is designed to give children lots of practice with relative clauses in sentences.
In this resource, we provide structured practice to understand, repeat, complete and then formulate sentences with relative clauses starting with “that” (for objects, plants and animals) and “who” (for people).
This resource features photographs and words and shows relative clauses in the context of complex sentences. It is suitable for use with children and adults, and for face-to-face and distance learning sessions.