Punctuation Lesson for Kids: Rules & Examples

Punctuation Lesson for Kids: Rules & Examples
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Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

In this lesson, we'll look at rules for punctuation, including how to use periods, commas, and quotation marks. Now let's look at some examples of how to properly punctuate sentences.

Punctuation

Can you listen to your friends and tell when they're happy? Can you tell when they're angry? When you talk, you use a different tone of voice and facial expression depending on how you feel. When you write, you have to use punctuation to help show what you're feeling.

The best writers include proper punctuation in their writing. There are many different kinds of punctuation that you use when you write sentences, paragraphs, or stories. Let's learn more about how to use punctuation correctly so you can become a star writer.

Punctuation Chart
Punctuation Chart

End of Sentence Punctuation

Every sentence includes some type of punctuation, or end mark, after the last word in the sentence. Read the following sentences and see if you can find the difference between them:

  1. I love going on vacation to the beach!
  2. Do you enjoy swimming?
  3. Make a large sand castle.
  4. We go to the beach every summer.

You should notice that some sentences use a different punctuation mark. The first punctuation mark is an exclamation point (!). Writers use exclamation points when they have an exclamation, or something exciting to say. A sentence with this punctuation has a lot of emotion or feeling in it.

The second punctuation mark is the question mark (?). Writers use this end mark when they want to ask a question.

The most common punctuation mark is the period (.). A period fits at the end of a sentence that makes a statement or a fact or tells someone what to do.

Punctuation marks at the end of sentences allow readers to know when to pause and how to read the sentence with the right feeling.

Commas

A comma (,) is used when a writer wants to pause between words or groups of words. Here are common ways a comma is used:

1. Use a comma when you're listing a group of more than two things, ideas, places, or people.

Examples:

  • We saw sea gulls, crabs, and dolphins at the beach.
  • Tim, Bill, and Marie watched a dolphin jump out of the water!

2. Use a comma after an introduction.

Examples:

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