Punctuation Marks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Engaging students in proper punctuation usage doesn't need to be a trial. This lesson plan uses discussion, activities and creative writing to teach students how to use common punctuation marks.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • differentiate between common punctuation marks
  • demonstrate an understanding of punctuation through correct usage
  • identify when each punctuation mark (period, exclamation point, question mark, comma and quotation marks) is needed

Length

30 minutes for the Instructions and Activity 1

30 minutes for Activity 2

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3.B

Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.B

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text lesson Punctuation Lesson for Kids: Rules & Examples and lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Large printed poster of the Punctuation Chart in the text lesson
  • Pre-printed slides (digital or otherwise) of examples from the text lesson as follows:
    • Four sentences from the 'Punctuation at the End of Sentences' section
    • Two sentences showing examples of rule 1 in the 'Commas' section
    • Two sentences showing examples of rule 2 in the 'Commas' section
    • Two sentences showing examples of rule 3 in the 'Commas' section
    • The example sentence of rule 1 in the 'Quotation Marks' section
    • The example sentence of rule 2 in the 'Quotation Marks' section
  • Paper copies of the Punctuation Chart in the text lesson, one for each student
  • Popsicle sticks, five for each student
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Writing paper

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