I gather the students to the rug for our literacy block in a more unusual way today, so that I can set the stage for my lesson on exclamation points. I address the class with more volume and excitement in my voice.
Look here! Come see what I have! It's time to learn about exclamation points! I have written some things on our chart paper. Let's see what they say. ( I rewrote the exclamations I just said to the children, but there is no punctuation at the end.)
What was different about the way we read the sentences and the way that I said those things to the class? Did my voice sound more excited? Was the sound of my voice louder? When we write about people using an excited voice, or when something in the story is getting exciting, we will often see exclamation points. Sometimes you will hear me say exclamation marks, like the book I read to you earlier this year, but they mean the same thing.
Here is a poster of our sight word chant. Look at the sentences as we read. Since you have learned about exclamation marks and points earlier this year, this activity will be a review to help you remember how exclamation points are used.
This sight word chant is something I use several times a week throughout the year, so the children are very familiar with it. Using a chart or chant frequently increases the students comprehension and since they recognize the different components of it, when I do add something new, their focus is directed there.
See how our voice raises when we are excited. Let's circle the places on the poster where the exclamation points are located.
Now that you are starting to grasp the idea of exclamation points, I would like to share a story that is about exclamation points called If You Were an Exclamation Point. While I am reading the story, I want you to pay particularly close attention to where the marks are located.
Now that you have heard the story, give me an example from the book that models how to use an exclamation point. (When someone is cheering, when someone is yelling, when someone gives a greeting.)
Now that you have had some practice, I would like to see what you can do on your own. This worksheet has several sentences about the parade in the book. Read each sentence to yourself and decide if you need to add an exclamation point to the end. Remember, if it is showing excitement, it is a exclamation, and it will need a exclamation point. On your paper you will need to read and trace each word, then write the punctuation mark in the box.
On the back of the paper, draw a picture that shows the activity and excitement of the parade. This way I can check to see if you are understanding what you have read.