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


30 minutes for the Instructions and Activity 1

30 minutes for Activity 2

Curriculum Standards


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


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


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).


  • 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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