Pile On – A Fluency Activity, is a wonderful activity to practice sentence structure, conjunctions and linking words. It can be used for One-to-One lessons or in a classroom.
If used in a classroom, ask your students to form small groups and make it like a competition. Which team is going to make the longest sentence?
Start with a basic sentence, something as simple as you can make it.
John was speaking.
Add a word or phrase.
John was speaking to Mary.
Add another phrase.
John was speaking to Mary about Aliens.
Keep piling on words and phrases, one at a time, until you can’t make the sentence any longer.
John was speaking to Mary about Aliens when the Black Dragon named Hyphaistus appeared out of nowhere and threw a huge ball of fire, towards the gigantic, out of control Robot, who was destroying the Tower of London.
If you want to make the activity more fun, try what I like to do:
I always use colour pens or pencils to show the additions to the sentence.