Comma Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about comma usage. A text lesson explains each comma rule, using simple examples to demonstrate usage. Students interact with the content to apply learning in meaningful ways, then they play a game to reinforce learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain comma usage
  • demonstrate understanding of the rules applying to comma usage


1 hour


  • Index cards
  • Prepared sentences for each of the comma rules, printed, one copy for each student
  • Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Index cards cut in half
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Comma
  • Appositive

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2.a

Use punctuation to separate items in a series.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2.b

Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2.c

Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It's true, isn't it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).

Warm Up

  • Divide students into partners and give each a copy of the prepared sentences. Ask them to first highlight the commas in each sentence then to cut apart each sentence into its own strip.
  • Have students read each sentence, noticing and noting where the commas are and comparing usage. Listen in to conversations and help students when necessary, modeling comparisons such as 'In this sentence, the comma is used after someone's name, and in this sentence it's being used to separate a list.
  • Now, have students share their observations as a whole class. Set aside sentence strips for later.

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