Lesson Plan - Get It!
Watch Punctuation Explained (by Punctuation!) | Scratch Garden to learn the difference between a period, question mark, exclamation point, and comma:
- Why do we use punctuation?
Correct punctuation in the text that we read makes our reading easier and better understood!
A period is used at the end of a sentence, which is one complete thought.
A sentence that makes a statement is called a declarative sentence or telling sentence. We punctuate these sentences with a period.
Here are some examples:
The dog chased the cat up a tree.
Mom told me I had to go to the bed.
I like to draw and color.
Our family went to the beach last summer.
Note that each sentence ends with a period.
- What happens when we don't put a period at the end of a sentence?
You now have sentences that run on and on and seem to run into the next sentence!
Look at this statement:
Today we went to the library it was fun listening to storytime I checked out three books about dogs.
- See how the sentences run together with no place to pause?
This is confusing!
Look at the statement again with correct punctuation:
Today we went to the library. It was fun listening to storytime. I checked out three books about dogs.
Let's look at another example:
Yesterday we went to the zoo I got to see many different kinds of animals the baby apes were so cool they were so funny and cute I liked the way they jumped from branch to branch in the tress apes like to have fun.
- Did you notice how the sentences run together making it hard to read?
Now, let's look at it with correct punctuation!
Yesterday we went to the zoo. I got to see many different kinds of animals. The baby apes were so cool. They were funny and cute. I liked the way they jumped from branch to branch in the trees. Apes like to have fun!
- This is much easier to read, isn't it?
- Are you ready to practice using periods?
If you are, head over to the Got It? section now.