Lesson plan

Possession Obsession

After learning this super easy rule for using possessive apostrophes, students will gracefully dance their way through any expression of possession. This lesson covers plural and singular nouns.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to use possessive apostrophes with singular and plural nouns.

(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.

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