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End Punctuation: Lesson for Kids

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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.

End punctuation is a punctuation mark or symbol at the end of a sentence. Learn where end punctuation is used, such as in making a statement, in asking a question, and in making an exclamation. Updated: 01/04/2022

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 who 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 one of three types of end punctuation marks: period, question mark, or exclamation point. So, let's be like Scooby and the gang and investigate these endings!

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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're 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 lets 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.

Asking a Question

While Scooby and the gang are solving a mystery, they ask a lot of questions. These questions are about who 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.

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