Add To Favorites
Punctuation marks may be small, but they are powerful! Students sharpen their knowledge of sentence structure, grammar, expression, and meaning with a classmate.
An English grammarian, Lynne Truss, wrote the best-selling book Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. One of her many points is that the placement and choice of punctuation marks can greatly affect the meaning of sentences. How many ways can you punctuate these four words---eats shoots and leaves---to get different meanings? (Think pandas and bamboo, or Western movies for two examples).
Challenge students to compose or find groups of words or sentences that are equally open to different punctuation. Write an example on a dry-erase board with Crayola® Dry-Erase Markers, leaving out all punctuation. Examples might include a simple sentence such as "No dogs please" or more complex ones such as "Among students meetings take place every two weeks to discuss assignments."
Students ask a classmate to add punctuation in a contrasting marker color. Read it aloud and discuss the meaning. How else could the sentence be punctuated to change its meaning and the expression with which it is read? For example, what are the differences among "No dogs, please," "No dogs please!", "No dogs please," "No! Dogs please" and "No, dogs please"?
Erase the sentence with a tissue and try more possibilities.
Storytelling and mathematics merge when students discover that by arranging and rearranging a set of seven geometric til
Add To Favorites
Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
Create a 3-D braille chart simply with Crayola® School Glue, Markers and paper.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
Vivaldi inspires paintings incorporating symbols of the seasons.
Gild torn-paper edges and make golden leaf imprints on this decorative frame. Display original poetry, photos, or other
Imagination and problem-solving go to work as children check out real bugs and create their own.
Get moving to music and capture the lively motion in the style of Keith Haring.