Adding Punctuation to Sentences: The Period

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10075

This sentence does not make sense It is hard to read because it is missing something That something is a period - This lesson will teach you how to use a "period" to end a sentence when you write!

categories

Grammar

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

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.

a cat up a tree

Mom told me I had to go to the bed.

a boy in bed

I like to draw and color.

a girl coloring

Our family went to the beach last summer.

family at the beach

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.

reading at the library

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.

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