If You Were a Question Mark

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SWBAT understand what a question mark means and indicate its proper placement. Student Objective: I can use a question mark correctly in a sentence.

Big Idea

I'm not telling you--I'm ASKING you. Sometimes using question marks are a mystery to kindergarten children.


5 minutes

Boys and girls, come meet me at the rug for our daily literature time.  Today I really need your help.  I have written some sentences, but I got distracted and forgot to put punctuation marks at the end of each one.  We have talked about periods, question marks and exclamation marks before this, but I think we need a refresher about what each mark means.  Who remembers what periods are for?  They do go at the end of sentences, but are they the only punctuation marks that go at the end?  We use periods when we have a telling sentence.

Exclamation marks also get used with telling sentences, but what makes them different than periods?  We use them when we write to show we are excited.

What about question marks?  When do we use them? We use question marks when we write asking sentences.  This sometimes gets a little tricky, so I have brought a book to help us keep this straight.


20 minutes

Prior to teaching this lesson, I have taught another lesson about question marks.   Understanding the question mark's purpose gives students another tool to help them to become better readers.  When I read the story, the students begin to see how each question is asking for something or some information.   I point this idea out to the children so that they can see that question marks are useful reading and writing tools. They add clarity and control to the reading. This lesson is meant to be a review of information.  

The book that I am going to read to you is called, If You Were a Question Mark.  It was written by Shelly Lyons and illustrated by Sara Gray.  As I read this book, look for the big marks in the story.  It will show you how the question mark is used.


Now that I have read the story, let's see if we can tackle the problem with the sentences on the chart.  I will ask one of you to be my assistant and point to the words as we read them.  When we get to the end of the sentence, we will have to decide what punctuation mark we need.  I will have one of you write the punctuation mark in the proper place.

Students identify punctuation.

Class, when we have solved each of the sentences, we will read them again.  Listen how each of the questions are asking for some information.  "Where is the car?"  What is being asked? I want you to answer the questions as I ask them, but I want you to whisper your responses to the person sitting next to you.


10 minutes

Now that you have had some practice, I would like to see what you can do on your own.  This paper has several sentences about cats.  Read each sentence to yourself and decide if you need to add a question mark to the end.  Remember, if it is asking for more information, it is a question and it will need a question mark.  Trace each word and write the punctuation mark in the box.

On the back of the paper, draw a picture that answers the last cat question.  This way I can check to see if you are understanding what you have read.