Play With Punctuation
Students will be able to identify and properly use common punctuation marks.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Explain to the class that punctuation is the usage of marks to make the meanings of sentences clearer.
- Have students name some punctuation marks that they already know.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Write down a few non-punctuated sentences on the board. For example: I went to the park yesterday I had a great time What did you do yesterday
- Ask the students to suggest ways to punctuate the sentences.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)
- Once the students are warmed up for the lesson, take them outside to play Punctuation Red Light, Green Light.
- Follow the activity instructions as closely as you can.
Independent Working Time (30 minutes)
- Hand out a copy of Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (or another grade-appropriate reading book) to each student.
- Follow the instructions to Gotcha! A Punctuation Readaloud Game. However, instead of working with each student one-on-one, have students form small groups.
- Conduct the activity once with each group. Each time you visit a group, have the other groups read the book on their own.
- Once students are done with the activity, have them work on either the Wolf and the Goat or Punctuation Match-up worksheet. (See Differentiation for details.)
- Enrichment: Have advanced students work on The Wolf and the Goat worksheet during Independent Working Time.
- Support: Work with struggling students on the Punctuation Symbols worksheet during Independent Working Time.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Write some incorrectly-punctuated sentences on the board.
- Ask the students to proofread your sentences. Each time a student makes a suggestion, ask him to explain the reason why the change needs to be made.
- Assess students' understanding of the lesson content based on their answers.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Review the correct ways to use common punctuation marks. Marks you should definitely cover are the period, comma, question mark, and exclamation point.