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Count the Plurals
Count the Plurals
Worksheet
Count the Plurals
Counting and reading skills combine in this worksheet that will have students taking a closer look at the details of the big picture.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Plural Word Sort
Plural Word Sort
Worksheet
Plural Word Sort
Creating order out of nouns is as simple as separating the single and plural in this illustrated sorting activity.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation: A Christmas Carol
Punctuation: A Christmas Carol
Worksheet
Punctuation: A Christmas Carol
Need a little punctuation practice? Here's a great worksheet that will challenge your child's grammar skills, and introduce him to some classic literature!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation Practice: More Matching
Punctuation Practice: More Matching
Worksheet
Punctuation Practice: More Matching
Turn her into a punctuation pro by having her complete this punctuation matching exercise! Match the punctuation mark with its definition.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Introductory Phrases: A Way to Begin
Introductory Phrases: A Way to Begin
Worksheet
Introductory Phrases: A Way to Begin
An introductory phrase sets the stage for the main part of the sentence. Use this resource to teach your students how to identify introductory phrases and choose the best one to begin a sentence.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Get a Grip on Grammar: Homophones #10
Get a Grip on Grammar: Homophones #10
Worksheet
Get a Grip on Grammar: Homophones #10
Challenge your second grader to complete these sentences correctly, by deciding between the word "its" or "it's" for each one.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Possession Obsession Practice
Possession Obsession Practice
Worksheet
Possession Obsession Practice
Have you figured out apostrophes? After learning this super easy rule for how to use possessive apostrophes, students will gracefully dance their way through any expression that shows possession.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
How to Write Dialogue
How to Write Dialogue
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How to Write Dialogue
Learn how to write dialogue with this writing activity that, in the long run, will help you better understand literature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation Practice: Matching
Punctuation Practice: Matching
Worksheet
Punctuation Practice: Matching
Turn your fourth grader into a punctuation pro! Draw lines to match the pictures of the punctuation marks with their correct names.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Construction Zone
Construction Zone
Worksheet
Construction Zone
Searching for a worksheet to help your third grader with contractions? This printable is perfect for young readers working on vocabulary skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Using Quotes in Writing
Using Quotes in Writing
Worksheet
Using Quotes in Writing
This narrative writing worksheet teaches your budding author how to use quotes. Correctly using quotes in writing comes in handy for all ages.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #7
Contraction Action #7
Worksheet
Contraction Action #7
Help build fundamental grammar skills, and practice some contraction action! Your student will create and break down some common contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Non-Identifying Clause and Commas
Non-Identifying Clause and Commas
Worksheet
Non-Identifying Clause and Commas
What's a non-identifying clause? It's just a part of a sentence that gives extra info. See where to put the commas with this punctuation worksheet!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #4
Contraction Action #4
Worksheet
Contraction Action #4
Master contractions with this practice sheet! Your child will build his grammar and writing skills as he creates and breaks down these contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #3
Contraction Action #3
Worksheet
Contraction Action #3
Get rid of the grammar grumbles, and practice some contraction action! Your student can practice breaking down and creating contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Get a Grip on Grammar: Homophones #14
Get a Grip on Grammar: Homophones #14
Worksheet
Get a Grip on Grammar: Homophones #14
Your or you're? Explore this tricky grammar mix-up with your second grader, explaining when to use the two different types of this homophone.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #10
Contraction Action #10
Worksheet
Contraction Action #10
Get rid of the grammar grumbles, and practice some contraction action! Your student can get familiar with some common contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #9
Contraction Action #9
Worksheet
Contraction Action #9
Budding writers can get a grasp on contractions with this helpful practice sheet! Your child will be building grammar and punctuations skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Yes or No Answers
Yes or No Answers
Worksheet
Yes or No Answers
Aye, matey...this worksheet about how to properly write yes or no answers is a swashbuckling good time!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Action #8
Contraction Action #8
Worksheet
Contraction Action #8
Encourage your young writer to master contractions with this practice worksheet. He'll try breaking down and creating contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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
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
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 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

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.