I first learned about the "But, Because, So..." strategy during a training by Teacher Created Resources. This strategy was created by Judith Hochman. This strategy gives students practice making sentences by adding to independent clauses while using one of the conjunctions. Here is an example of using "But, Because, So..." at the elementary level in Math.
A decimal point is always behind the ones place,
* A decimal point is always behind the ones place, but it does not have to be written if they are not any tenths, hundredths, or thousandths.
* A decimal point is always behind the ones place, because it separates wholes from the parts.
* A decimal point is always behind the ones place, so it is always in front of the tenths place.
This is just an example that I'm using because it has been asked how this could be used in different disciplines and at the elementary level. In the past, common uses has been for reading comprehension.
My top reasons for loving this strategy is:
This type of practice give students much needed consistent practice with writing and expanding sentences.
It requires students to truly show what they know about a concept.
It serves as a great exit ticket.
it can be used across disciplines.
Check out a quick snippet of some of my students in action!