Help your students write letters to a pen pal, faraway relative, and others! This letter template gives students practice writing formal letters — like persuasive or business correspondence — and friendly, informal letters.
The mysterious comma is arguably the trickiest form of punctuation, which is why assigned it it’s own unit in 5th grade. As students become more sophisticated writers they craft more complex sentences. They incorporate independent phrases and clauses, generate compound sentences, and utilize transition words to combine ideas - and the exercises in this unit will teach them how to use commas correctly in each scenario.
There are a lot of parts to a letter. This checklist helps students ensure they have a complete and polished piece of correspondence. It includes the main parts of a letter; conventions; format; and tips for how to choose a closing.
A sentence stands alone to express a complete thought. Surprisingly, most 5th graders still need to revisit the concepts of complete sentences and fragments and how to punctuate the four different kinds of sentences. Combining shorter sentences into longer, more complex sentences is another skill that requires practice. Students get all of that needed review in this unit, in addition to learning how to identify and fix run-on sentences.
In this unit, students are encouraged to write letters to family and friends about a book they are reading. In the letters the will apply the skills learned in this unit, including how to structure a letter, punctuating titles of books and short stories, using possessives (in reference to the characters or ideas in the book), contractions and addressing an envelope. Don’t forget to request a response - getting a personal letter in the mail in this electronic age can be a thrill!
In preparation for middle school language arts, these fifth grade punctuation resources can work important writing skills, such as comma usage and understanding to how to write dialogue with quotation marks. From lesson plans to worksheets, we have the tools to make learning about fifth grade punctuation engaging. If you would like a review, check out our fourth grade punctuation resources.