Yo! Yes? A Lesson in Punctuation.

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SWBAT sort phrases from the story, Yo! Yes? by the punctuation marks. I can sort cards by the type of punctuation on them.

Big Idea

Using and identifying punctuation helps students become better writers.


5 minutes

Children, come gather on the rug area.  Today I am going to teach you about an important piece of learning how to write. To get you ready for my lesson, I would like you to watch this video.

Before I introduce them to the lesson, I share a video clip from Youtube:  LL Cool J sings about punctuation marks.  The children watch the video from the television show, "The Electric Company". Occasionally, I like to show a video clip to peak the students' interests.  For some reason, they seem to think that if there is a video about what I am teaching, it must be really important.



20 minutes

After watching the video clip, I ask the children about some of the things that they watched.  I like to have the children do activity based lessons more than lecturing to them.  When they get to interact with the materials, they seem to retain more information.  All these activities are designed to improving the reading skills of my students.

Do you remember what any of the punctuation marks were called?  There was a period, a question mark, and an exclamation mark.  Who can demonstrate by telling sentence using a period?  Who can ask a question? (Besides me.)  Who remembers how to use the exclamation mark?

As they recall a punctuation mark, I show the children the anchor charts that I have printed, and we recite the rhyme on each one before I stick them to the front board. 

I will be reading the story called, Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka.  While I am reading, you should be looking for the punctuation marks.  Using punctuation helps the author convey the meaning that he wants to convey in the story, and how the marks effect the way a story is read.  If we do not use the correct mark, we could change the meaning of the story altogether.  I will read the story through the first time for the enjoyment of the story, and then I will read it a second time to search for punctuation. Before I read the story for a second time, I am going to give you one of the phrases from the story. When you hear your phrase, you are going to come up and glue it to the chart under the period, question mark or exclamation mark section. 

Prior to the lesson, I created a chart that is marked at the top with . (period); ? (question mark); and ! (exclamation mark).  I also have made a sheet with a few extra phrases so that there are enough for all children to have a turn to place a phrase on the chart.  I have cut apart the page with the phrases and I give each child a piece to hold.  When they are each called up, they are asked to match the punctuation mark on their piece of paper to the chart and glue it to the proper section.  Children that need more of a challenge can read the phrases before gluing them to the chart.


10 minutes

To conclude the lesson and to check for understanding,  we will play a quick game of "Stop that Sentence!"   I have made sets of punctuation stick signs: period, question mark and exclamation mark.  I give each child a set of three signs and they must choose which punctuation sign best finishes the sentence that I have just read. 

I am going to give each of you a set of punctuation stick signs and we will play a game of "Stop that Sentence!"  For example, if I were to read the sentence, Do you see a bee, the correct response would be to hold up the the stick sign that shows the question mark. I will say about ten sentences and see what you have learned.

This way I can see who understands the concept or who needs some remediation.