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Using Punctuation this Halloween
Using Punctuation this Halloween
Worksheet
Using Punctuation this Halloween
Don't let grammar get ghoulish this Halloween! Practice using punctuation with a spooky worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Match the Plural
Match the Plural
Worksheet
Match the Plural
Give students extra exposure to irregular plural forms with this matching worksheet.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Baby Sister: Punctuate the Story
Baby Sister: Punctuate the Story
Worksheet
Baby Sister: Punctuate the Story
Put proper punctuation into practice with this Baby Sister read-along worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #5
Contraction Action #5
Worksheet
Contraction Action #5
Beginning writers can get to know some common contractions with this practice worksheet, where they can break down and create contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation: The Cat and the Rooster
Punctuation: The Cat and the Rooster
Worksheet
Punctuation: The Cat and the Rooster
Can your child help punctuate this passage? He'll read an Aesop's fable and then add in the periods where they are missing in the story!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
On the Mark!
On the Mark!
Worksheet
On the Mark!
Searching for a worksheet to help your kid with punctuation? This printable will help her decide how to end sentences using the proper punctuation.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write a New Ending
Write a New Ending
Activity
Write a New Ending
Knowing how to use quotation marks to write character dialog is an important skill for developing writers. Here's a fun way to get your child writing speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Make a Mother's Day Book
Make a Mother's Day Book
Activity
Make a Mother's Day Book
As Mother's Day approaches, everyone's grateful! Let your third grader assemble this special book with words from the whole family.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Gotcha! A Punctuation Readaloud Game
Gotcha! A Punctuation Readaloud Game
Activity
Gotcha! A Punctuation Readaloud Game
Let your child catch you making deliberate errors in this silly game that promotes serious learning about punctuation.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Terminal Punctuation
Terminal Punctuation
Activity
Terminal Punctuation
Give your emerging writer a better feel for terminal punctuation with this activity that will have her mix up punctuation marks in a favorite childhood book.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Say "Thank You!" to Postal Workers
Say "Thank You!" to Postal Workers
Activity
Say "Thank You!" to Postal Workers
Labor Day is the perfect time to celebrate our postal workers. Have your kid write a thank you note to your local post office to show his appreciation.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Play Punctuation Red Light, Green Light
Play Punctuation Red Light, Green Light
Activity
Play Punctuation Red Light, Green Light
With nothing more than a flat open space and some lively kids, you can reinforce key concepts of punctuation while having lots of healthy laughs.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Punctuate with Pasta!
Punctuate with Pasta!
Activity
Punctuate with Pasta!
Here's a fun activity that will help your child become familiar with both punctuation marks...by using pasta shapes!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Make an Apostrophe Collage
Make an Apostrophe Collage
Activity
Make an Apostrophe Collage
Here's a creative and engaging activity to get your child on track with that pesky little line.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Ice Cream Treat: Correct Punctuation
Ice Cream Treat: Correct Punctuation
Activity
Ice Cream Treat: Correct Punctuation
Talk about ice cream while helping your 4th grader work on crucial punctuation skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Action Contraction
Action Contraction
Song
Action Contraction
When two words are combined into one, and an apostrophe replaces missing letters, a contraction is made! Help kids grasp this concept with this silly song.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Song
Serial Commas: The Misspellbook Story
Serial Commas: The Misspellbook Story
Story
Serial Commas: The Misspellbook Story
Kids practice identifying correctly used commas in a series within the context of this silly wizard story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Story
Natalia's Magic Marker: Apostrophes in Possessive Nouns
Natalia's Magic Marker: Apostrophes in Possessive Nouns
Story
Natalia's Magic Marker: Apostrophes in Possessive Nouns
Kids will learn possessives in this interactive story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Story
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 6
This Week 6 fourth grade independent study packet provides students a variety of remote learning opportunities.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Making Sense of Text Message Language
Making Sense of Text Message Language
Worksheet
Making Sense of Text Message Language
Use this creative grammar worksheet to give your child practice making sense of text message language and translating it into formal writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Does This Text Message Mean?
What Does This Text Message Mean?
Worksheet
What Does This Text Message Mean?
Your digital native will read four text messages written in “text language” and practice their formal writing skills as they make sense of the messages.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fix the Text Grammar
Fix the Text Grammar
Worksheet
Fix the Text Grammar
Learners will read four text massages and rewrite them using proper grammar and correct spelling and punctuation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Punctuation Resources

Punctuation is an essential element of a sentence. Without it, we wouldn’t know how to organize our thoughts, where to pause and when to stop! A comma or a period or any of the other punctuation marks the English language uses conveys so much more about a sentence than just the mere words on the page. Teach your students how to use this important tool of language with our worksheets and activities.

Get Started With Punctuation

Punctuation is the system of symbols we use to separate parts of sentences to make their meaning clear. A famous example is “A panda eats shoots and leaves.” Without punctuation, this sentence means the subject eats plant growths. Punctuated as “Eats, shoots, and leaves,” it means the subject eats first, then fires a weapon, then leaves the scene. The meaning of the sentence completely changes just by using these critical marks! (The writer Lynne Truss, in fact, used this as the title of her book about grammar, Eats, Shoots and Leaves.)

The 14 punctuation marks in the English language
  • Period: The simplest punctuation mark to use, it marks the end of the sentence.
  • Comma: Separates one list item from the next, or provides a pause in thought.
  • Question mark: Used at the end of a sentence that asks a direct question.
  • Exclamation mark: Expresses exasperation, astonishment or surprise. It’s also used to emphasize a comment or short, sharp phrase.
  • Colon: Expands on the sentence that precedes it, often introducing a list that elaborates whatever was previously stated.
  • Semicolon: The semicolon is somewhere between a period and a comma.
  • Quotation marks: Used to cite something someone said exactly.
  • Apostrophe: Used for possessions and contractions.
  • Dashes: Used to create emphasis in a sentence.
  • Hyphen: Joins two words or parts of words together while avoiding confusion or ambiguity.
  • Parentheses: Curved notations used to express further thoughts.
  • Brackets: Squared-off notations used for technical explanations or to clarify meaning.
  • Braces: Used to contain two or more lines of text or listed items to show that they are considered as a unit.
  • Ellipsis: Three equally spaced points to indicate the omission of words in a quotation.