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Apostrophes in Contractions 1
Apostrophes in Contractions 1
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 1
Practice makes perfect, and these exercises that focus on contractions with apostrophes give your student the ability to work independently while still providing helpful hints when needed.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Choosing Transition Words: Star Rumble Game
Choosing Transition Words: Star Rumble Game
Game
Choosing Transition Words: Star Rumble Game
Kids complete a story to help Paskiri save the world by choosing the correct transition words to finish off sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Apostrophe Drop
Apostrophe Drop
Game
Apostrophe Drop
Let's play ball! Kids practice combining two words with an apostrophe to make contractions in this baseball grammar game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Grammar Galore
Grammar Galore
Workbook
Grammar Galore
Get your fifth grader clued into advanced grammar. She'll get to edit a few improper sentences, work on different parts of speech, and practice using correct punctuation marks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Get into Grammar
Get into Grammar
Workbook
Get into Grammar
This workbook covers the basics of grammar, from parts of speech, to descriptive vocabulary, verb tenses and more!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Commas with Transition Words: Quiz
Commas with Transition Words: Quiz
Game
Commas with Transition Words: Quiz
In this quiz, young readers will practice using commas with transition words and phrases.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Placing Apostrophes in Possessives
Placing Apostrophes in Possessives
Game
Placing Apostrophes in Possessives
Kids practice placing apostrophes in possessive nouns in this underwater game!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Possessive Apostrophe Quiz
Possessive Apostrophe Quiz
Game
Possessive Apostrophe Quiz
Find the correct use of the possessive apostrophe in this simple sentences quiz!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Reading Skills: Sentences to Stories
Reading Skills: Sentences to Stories
Workbook
Reading Skills: Sentences to Stories
The reading and writing practice in this workbook will get kids thinking about all the different parts that go into a good story, like vocabulary, structure and sequencing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Parts of Speech
Parts of Speech
Workbook
Parts of Speech
Knowing your parts of speech is an important part of learning good writing skills. Learn the ins and outs of words with this packet that covers the eight different parts of speech.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Sentences 1
Sentences 1
Guided Lesson
Sentences 1
Second grade writers often need extra support with the rules of capitalization, puncuation, apostrophes, and proper nouns. The exercises in this guided lesson cover these four key grammar rules, and provide kids with targeted exercises to help them practice writing with correct grammar usage. To help gain even more practice with new writing skills, download and print the capitalization and punctuation worksheets suggested as part of this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Transition Words Star Rumble
Transition Words Star Rumble
Game
Transition Words Star Rumble
Kids help complete a fun story about another galaxy by filling in the correct transition words.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Grammar Practice
Grammar Practice
Workbook
Grammar Practice
This workbook gives second graders practice in punctuation, and helps to develop their vocabulary with contractions and compound words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Stress-Free Spelling Practice
Stress-Free Spelling Practice
Workbook
Stress-Free Spelling Practice
This workbook is packed with challenging third grade spelling words that your child can practice writing and applying to his or her vocabulary.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Play With Punctuation
Play With Punctuation
Lesson Plan
Play With Punctuation
Featuring a series of hands on activities and worksheets, this ESL-friendly lesson will give your young writer a comprehensive overview of common punctuation marks.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Word Play
Word Play
Guided Lesson
Word Play
This word play lesson teaches second graders about diphthongs (ow, ou, oi, oy and ew words) and tricky plural nouns (geese, feet, mice). It also introduces kids to the bossy R rule, which states that when the letter r follows a vowel it changes the way the word is pronouced, for example far, car, and fur. These rules can help second graders advance their reading fluency and spelling skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Mastering the Possessive Apostrophe
Mastering the Possessive Apostrophe
Lesson Plan
Mastering the Possessive Apostrophe
Who would have thought possessive apostrophes could be this fun or easy? With one simple rule and some fun sentences, students will become masters at indicating possession.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Singular and Plural Possessives
Singular and Plural Possessives
Exercise
Singular and Plural Possessives
When your students are confused about where to place the apostrophe, assign this quick and easy exercise that explains singular and plural possessives.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Introducing the Sentence
Introducing the Sentence
Workbook
Introducing the Sentence
This workbook capitalizes on the basic parts of sentence building for kids, from first word to ending punctuation.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Help budding fourth graders prepare for a new year of learning with the help of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Vocabulary in Focus
Vocabulary in Focus
Workbook
Vocabulary in Focus
This workbook builds reading comprehension by reinforcing vocabulary with word puzzles, homophones and a few quick reading pages.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Apostrophes in Possessives
Apostrophes in Possessives
Exercise
Apostrophes in Possessives
Teach your young learners about the importance of apostrophes in writing with these exercises that explain how the punctuation mark can be used to show possessives, and how it differs from contractions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Bigfoot: Punctuate the Story
Bigfoot: Punctuate the Story
Worksheet
Bigfoot: Punctuate the Story
Put proper punctuation into practice with this Bigfoot read-along worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Apostrophes in Possessives: Undersea Explorers
Apostrophes in Possessives: Undersea Explorers
Game
Apostrophes in Possessives: Undersea Explorers
Kids select the correct possessive noun in this underwater-themed game.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Sentences 2
Sentences 2
Guided Lesson
Sentences 2
Third grade writers will be tasked with writing longer and more complicated sentences. This guided lesson in understanding, constructing and punctuating sentences can support kids as they learn to build bigger and better sentences in their writing. Grammar instruction and practical examples were written by our curriculum experts, complete with a list of recommended building sentence worksheets for third graders.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson

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.