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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
Punctuate the Story: Earth Day
Punctuate the Story: Earth Day
Worksheet
Punctuate the Story: Earth Day
Put proper punctuation into practice with these read-along stories.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Punctuation: Jack and the Beanstalk
Punctuation: Jack and the Beanstalk
Worksheet
Punctuation: Jack and the Beanstalk
A written passage without punctuation can be very difficult to read! With this worksheet, your child will punctuate this excerpt.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Irregular Plural Nouns Practice
Irregular Plural Nouns Practice
Worksheet
Irregular Plural Nouns Practice
Practice makes perfect...especially when it comes to figuring out those tricky irregular plural forms! In this practice worksheet, your students will use context to fill in the plural form of these irregular nouns.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in a Series
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in a Series
Worksheet
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in a Series
Using commas correctly is a tricky skill to learn. Give your child the extra practice she needs with this punctuation worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Punctuation
Practice Punctuation
Worksheet
Practice Punctuation
Written passages look pretty silly without punctuation, and sometimes they're difficult to read! Practice punctuating this excerpt from classic literature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Editing for Capitalization and Punctuation
Editing for Capitalization and Punctuation
Lesson Plan
Editing for Capitalization and Punctuation
Students often understand the basic conventions of writing, but may need support in incorporating these skills into their work. In this lesson, students will review some of the more common capitalization and punctuation errors and apply their editing skills to real writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Wild About Writing
Wild About Writing
Workbook
Wild About Writing
Animals and nature lead the charge to brighten first grade writing practice in this workbook, from sentence building to story writing and a few critter crosswords.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Letter Writing 1
Letter Writing 1
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 1
Letter writing is an engaging and important writing format for third graders to master. You can support the development of letter writing expertise with this lesson that provides guidance on the structure and anatomy of a letter. Written by curriculum experts, this lesson will teach kids the various features that make a letter easier to read, and will also offer plenty of opportunities to practice.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Punctuation in Dialogue 1
Punctuation in Dialogue 1
Exercise
Punctuation in Dialogue 1
Punctuating dialogue is a skill best learned early, and these exercises are tailored specifically for your third grader to learn independently.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
April 2020 Calendar: Days and Dates
April 2020 Calendar: Days and Dates
Worksheet
April 2020 Calendar: Days and Dates
Children practice identifying and writing calendar days and dates in this April 2020 Day and Date Worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contraction Matching Game
Contraction Matching Game
Worksheet
Contraction Matching Game
Is your kid having trouble with contractions? Try out this simple memory matching game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuate Me: Quotation Marks & Capitalization
Punctuate Me: Quotation Marks & Capitalization
Worksheet
Punctuate Me: Quotation Marks & Capitalization
Kids practice using quotation marks correctly and identifying words that should be capitalized in this grammar and punctuation worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Parts of Speech: Breaking Down Sentences
Parts of Speech: Breaking Down Sentences
Lesson Plan
Parts of Speech: Breaking Down Sentences
Let your students find out that the sentences they speak so easily are formed of many different parts. Have them break down sentences to learn the various parts that form a sentence!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Pronoun Agreement 1
Pronoun Agreement 1
Worksheet
Pronoun Agreement 1
This activity will help your students learn and practice matching possessive pronouns correctly.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
Worksheet
Perfect Punctuation: Commas in Dates and Addresses
Help your third grader hone her punctuation skills with this worksheet that explains how to use commas in dates and addresses.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation Mark Exercises
Punctuation Mark Exercises
Worksheet
Punctuation Mark Exercises
Help your students get a handle on punctuation with this colorful punctuation fill-in.
1st 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.