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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
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
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
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
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
Punctuating Sentence Types: Declaratory, Exclamatory, and Interrogative
Punctuating Sentence Types: Declaratory, Exclamatory, and Interrogative
Worksheet
Punctuating Sentence Types: Declaratory, Exclamatory, and Interrogative
In this grammar worksheet, children punctuate a fairy tale with the missing periods, question marks, and exclamation points.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Commas With Nonrestrictive Elements
Commas With Nonrestrictive Elements
Worksheet
Commas With Nonrestrictive Elements
Identify restrictive and nonrestrictive elements and add commas as needed in this essential grammar worksheet!
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Get Crafty: Combining Sentences
Get Crafty: Combining Sentences
Worksheet
Get Crafty: Combining Sentences
Young writers practice creating one sentences from two in this early grammar worksheet.
3rd 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.