Lesson Plan

Play With Punctuation

Featuring a series of hands on activities and worksheets, this ESL-friendly lesson will give your young writer a comprehensive overview of common punctuation marks.
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Punctuation is essential to good reading and writing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun too! Geared toward children in kindergarten and first grade, this playful lesson plan teaches young learners the basics of punctuation through hands-on games and activities. After reviewing common punctuation marks (such as question marks, exclamation points, and commas) and warming up with some practice sentences, children will enjoy the chance to play with punctuation in games such as Punctuation Red Light, Green Light, Gotcha! A Punctuation Read-aloud Game, and a reading or matching worksheet (depending on skill level).

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and properly use common punctuation marks.


(5 minutes)
Play Punctuation Red Light, Green LightGotcha! A Punctuation Readaloud GameThe Wolf and the GoatPunctuation Match-upPunctuation Symbols
  • 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.

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3 online games
2 interactive stories
5 printable worksheets
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Subject Reading & Writing