Here is a fun freebie for you to download! Transition Words
I have had really good results in using the life cycle of a butterfly (I do a follow-up lesson with the life cycle of a frog) in teaching the use transition words in writing. The simplicity of the lesson really helps students understand how to use transition words.
Here is basically how I teach the lesson:
First, we review the worksheet and discuss transition words. Next, we read a simple nonfiction book about the life cycle. Then, we use a graphic organizer to list the topic, key ideas, supporting details, and conclusion. Finally, we write the paragraph. I have students introduce each new stage with a transition word. I guide them through the process. I hope this helps!