Students will be able to use possessive apostrophes with singular and plural nouns.
- Ask students: What if there was a magic wand that could help you own anything you wanted?
- Discuss what they would use their magic wand for to change ownership. Have each student share one thing.
- Explain that a little punctuation mark can magically show ownership, but cannot change ownership.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Ask students to name the punctuation mark that can magically show ownership.
- After identifying that it is the apostrophe, note that apostrophes also show where letters are omitted in contraction. They have two jobs.
- Project the top part of the sheet Possession Obsession Practice, and go over the rule for using an apostrophe or an apostrophe and the letter S to show possession.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Distribute the sheet so that students can complete the exercises with you. Go over the examples for singular nouns provided and complete them together.
- Now go over the examples for showing possession with plural nouns.
- Complete the exercises as a shared writing activity.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Ask students to write two sentences at the bottom that include as many examples of possessive apostrophes as they can.
- Challenge them to include a singular and plural possessive example in each sentence.
Support: Have students try the slightly easier examples in the sheet provided below. See the link in the Suggested Media section.
- Enrichment: Have students practice this rule with the worksheet Possessive Apostrophes and other online excercise on Education.com. See the Suggested Media section for a link.
- During the Review and Closing, observe student work as they punctuate their peers’ sentences. You may want to collect and evaluate one sentence that they punctuate.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Discuss: Share out examples of student-created sentences. Have students write them on the board without apostrophes and ask other students to insert the them.