End Punctuation: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

No matter what you are writing about, every sentence has to end. In this lesson, you will learn about the three different types of end punctuation that can be used at the end of a sentence.

Introducing End Punctuation

If you've ever watched Scooby-Doo, you know that the gang of mystery solvers always gets the criminal by setting an elaborate trap. In the end, Scooby and his friends pull off the mask of the bad guy to reveal...

What if every episode ended there? Instead of telling you was behind the mask, the show just paused. That would be incredibly frustrating! Well, just like a Scooby-Doo episode needs an ending, so does a sentence.

A sentence generally ends in 1 of 3 types of end punctuation marks: period, question mark, or exclamation point. So, let's be like Scooby and the gang and investigate these endings!

Making a Statement

Scooby's best friend, Shaggy, likes to eat Scooby Snacks. Sometimes, he says, 'There's times I'll do anything for a Scooby Snack.' Do you notice that this sentence ends with a dot? That's because it's a statement.

If you are telling something or making a statement, like what your favorite snack is, then you would end your sentence with a period (.). A period is a small dot at the end of a sentence that let's the reader know the sentence is finished and the writer has provided information about something. The sentence could contain facts about a topic, an opinion, a quote, or a description.

Here are some examples of sentences that end with periods:

  • Let's do what we do best Scoob, eat.
  • He thought he could scare you into giving up the family fortune.
  • Let's split up and look for clues.


Example of sentence with a period
statement


Asking a Question

While Scooby and the gang are solving a mystery, they ask a lot of questions. These questions are about who the committed the crime, why they did it, and how they did it. Scooby and Shaggy have their own set of questions, too, which include where the nearest snack bar is located and why they're always used as bait for the traps.

If you are asking a question, then you should end your sentence with a question mark (?). A question mark is used to let the reader know that you are requesting a response. Sentences that are questions usually contain question words such as:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why
  • How

Here are some examples of sentences with question marks:

  • Scooby-Doo, where are you?
  • Would you do it for a Scooby Snack?
  • Why did you do it?


Example of sentence with a question mark
question


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