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What's at the Sentence End?

Practice perfect punctuation! Create 3-D punctuation marks. Why not collect them all?

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Learn what punctuation marks are, what they look like, and how each one is used in writing. Use white Crayola® Model Magic to make models of each one. Dry 24 hours.
    2. Cover your work area with newspaper. Paint your sculpture punctuation marks using Crayola Washable Paint and Crayola Paint Brushes. Dry.
    3. Using paint and Crayola Washable Markers, decorate all sides of a recycled box in which to display your punctuation marks. If you like, you could decorate each side with a different punctuation theme. For example, one side could show hidden punctuation marks in pictures. Paint another side, and while the paint is still wet, use the handle tip of a brush to draw punctuation marks. Dry.
    4. Attach all of the punctuation marks to the inside base of the box using Crayola School Glue. Dry.
    5. Cut a hole near the top in one side of box with Crayola Scissors. Make the hole big enough so you can reach inside the box and touch the punctuation marks.
    6. Here's one way to use your box. As you come across new vocabulary or spelling words, reach into the box to find a punctuation mark. Use Crayola Washable Markers to write a sentence with the new word on a strip of paper using the punctuation mark you touch
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver; Punctuation Celebration by Elsa Knight Bruno; The Punctuation Station by Brian P. Cleary

    Students work in small groups to compose a variety of sentences. Make a list and swap with another group, The second group will punctuate the sentences. Are there various ways to punctuate each sentence? If so, the second groups should "make a case" for each variation they create.

    Working in small groups, one selected student closes his eyes and reaches into his box of punctuation to select one punctuation mark. The group composes an original sentence correctly using that mark. Each member of the group writes the original sentence on a chart. Repeat the process until all students have participated or all punctuation marks have been used. Then the process can be repeated by each student blindly selecting two punctuation marks and composing 1-2 sentences that incorporate both punctuation marks.

    Using social studies or science vocabulary terms under current study, student groups compose original sentences incorporating 1 or 2 punctuation marks that a group leader has assigned, such as an exclamation mark and a comma. For example, "Mount Everest, located in the Himalayan Mountains, is the tallest mountain in the world!"


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