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Comma Usage
Comma Usage
Guided Lesson
Comma Usage
The mysterious comma is arguably the trickiest form of punctuation, which is why assigned it it’s own unit in 5th grade. As students become more sophisticated writers they craft more complex sentences. They incorporate independent phrases and clauses, generate compound sentences, and utilize transition words to combine ideas - and the exercises in this unit will teach them how to use commas correctly in each scenario.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Punctuate Me: Using Commas
Punctuate Me: Using Commas
Worksheet
Punctuate Me: Using Commas
Get your child's punctuation engines started with this worksheet that breaks down where and how to use commas.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Letter Writing 2
Letter Writing 2
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 2
Letter writing is a very engaging and authentic way to learn formatting, punctuation and grammar. The activities in this unit should be learned in tandem with actual letter writing to aunts, uncles or other special far-away people. That way, students can learn and practice the letter writing skills and then apply them in their own letters. It would be especially rich to include their thoughts about books they are reading.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
July 2020 Calendar: Days and Dates
July 2020 Calendar: Days and Dates
Worksheet
July 2020 Calendar: Days and Dates
Children practice identifying and writing calendar days and dates in this July 2020 Day and Date Worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
I Like Sentences
I Like Sentences
Lesson Plan
I Like Sentences
Your students will use sight words and drawings to practice their writing skills as they become experts at writing sentences.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sentences 4
Sentences 4
Guided Lesson
Sentences 4
A sentence stands alone to express a complete thought. Surprisingly, most 5th graders still need to revisit the concepts of complete sentences and fragments and how to punctuate the four different kinds of sentences. Combining shorter sentences into longer, more complex sentences is another skill that requires practice. Students get all of that needed review in this unit, in addition to learning how to identify and fix run-on sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 3
Letter Writing 3
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 3
In this unit, students are encouraged to write letters to family and friends about a book they are reading. In the letters the will apply the skills learned in this unit, including how to structure a letter, punctuating titles of books and short stories, using possessives (in reference to the characters or ideas in the book), contractions and addressing an envelope. Don’t forget to request a response - getting a personal letter in the mail in this electronic age can be a thrill!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Irregular Plural Noun Match
Irregular Plural Noun Match
Worksheet
Irregular Plural Noun Match
Irregular plural nouns can be tricky, but a little practice can go a long way! Use this worksheet to give your students practice matching nouns to their irregular plural noun form.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation in Dialogue 3
Punctuation in Dialogue 3
Exercise
Punctuation in Dialogue 3
Have your fifth grader fill in the punctuation mark blanks in these exercises that are built specifically to teach and solidify key concepts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Informational Text 3
Informational Text 3
Guided Lesson
Informational Text 3
Writing reports and other kinds of informational pieces is a skill unto itself. It requires an understanding of organizing and sequencing thoughts, tying them together in a way that makes sense to the reader and sometimes a bit of research. It is recommended that students participate in writing their own informational essay on a topic of their choice. This will allow them to apply all that they are learning through the exercises in this unit.
4th 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
More Than One: Irregular Plural Nouns
More Than One: Irregular Plural Nouns
Lesson Plan
More Than One: Irregular Plural Nouns
Foots or feet? In this lesson, students will identify irregular plural nouns. They will learn that some plural nouns don't follow any spelling rules.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sentences 3
Sentences 3
Guided Lesson
Sentences 3
Sentences are the building blocks of paragraphs. A sentence is a complete thought that can stand alone and in this unit students will learn what comprises a complete sentence and how to identify a fragment, or incomplete sentence. They will explore different kinds of sentences and how to punctuate them. And, to sharpen their craft, students will learn how to spice up their own writing by adding sentence pattern variety.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Exercise
Comma After an Introductory Phrase or Clause 2
Jumpstart your students' love of introductory clauses with these exercises that not only teach them the correct format, but also show them how their writing can be enhanced!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Punctuation in Practice
Punctuation in Practice
Workbook
Punctuation in Practice
Help your child practice punctuation and capitalization in this workbook. There are several creative ways to review writing offered here which explore the mechanics of writing in different situations.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Precise Punctuation
Precise Punctuation
Workbook
Precise Punctuation
Two kids and a mad scientist go on a grammar adventure in this punctuation workbook! Learn comma placement, writing titles, and sentence structure as this time-traveling trio hops across decades.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
Mix-ups of "there," "they're," and "their" happen way too often. There is no better time than now to help your students get their homophones down. They're sure to have fun with this interactive English lesson!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Editor in Chief
Editor in Chief
Workbook
Editor in Chief
Things are jumbled up at the newspaper! Your child has the know-how with the help of this workbook to set things right. Review grammar rules and practice composition through reading passages.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Conjunctions: FAN BOYS and You
Conjunctions: FAN BOYS and You
Lesson Plan
Conjunctions: FAN BOYS and You
Improve your students' sentence variation with this lesson that teaches them how to use conjunctions to improve the flow of their writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Using Commas to Indicate Direct Address
Using Commas to Indicate Direct Address
Exercise
Using Commas to Indicate Direct Address
Commas serve so many uses in our written language, and learning their vast possibilities helps fifth graders in their essay writing and beyond. Punctuating direct addresses can be tricky, but your fifth grader can get the help they need with these exercises.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Word Structure 2
Word Structure 2
Guided Lesson
Word Structure 2
Words are like legos - they can have interchangeable parts. In this unit students will study the construction of words including roots, prefixes and suffixes. Students will also explore how to modify words to make them possessive, a different part of speech and adjust to signify singular and plural. Understanding the basic building blocks of words, will increase students’ vocabulary, improve their spelling and add strategies for decoding unfamiliar words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Sentence Cafe
Sentence Cafe
Lesson Plan
Sentence Cafe
It’s time to make sentences! At the Sentence Cafe, words come together to build stories. Get ready to learn about different parts of speech such as conjunctions, possessive pronouns, articles, and more in this hands-on lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Contractions
Contractions
Exercise
Contractions
Students will appreciate the ability to write some of their most commonly used words after working through this exercise on contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
End of Year Irregular Plural Nouns Check-in
End of Year Irregular Plural Nouns Check-in
Worksheet
End of Year Irregular Plural Nouns Check-in
Have your second graders conquered those tricky irregular plural nouns? Time to find out! Assess your students abilities to change irregular nouns from singular to plural with this quick assessment activity.
2nd 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.