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:

Read this passage: "Today we went to the library It was fun We got to listen to story time I then got to check out three books about dogs" What does this paragraph need? That's right! It needs punctuation!

Correct punctuation in the text that we read makes our reading easier and better understood!

A sentence that makes a statement is a declarative sentence or telling sentence. We punctuate these types of sentences with a period.

Here are some examples:

  • The cat was chased by the dog.
  • Mom and Dad told me I had to go to bed.
  • I like to read and draw.
  • My teacher assigned us homework to do last night.

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!

Let's look at the earlier passage of text again:

  • Today we went to the library It was fun we got to listen to story time I then got to check out three books about dogs

See how the sentences seem to run together with no place to pause? This can cause confusion for the reader.

Let's look at the passage with correct punctuation:

  • Today we went to the library. It was fun.We got to listen to story time. I then got to check out three books about dogs.

Let's look at another sample of text:

  • Yesterday we went to the zoo I got to see many different kinds of animals The monkeys were so cool They were so funny and cute I liked the way they jumped from branch to branch in the trees Monkeys like to have fun

Notice that the sentences run into each other, making it more difficult to read. Now let's look at the passage with correct punctuation:

  • Yesterday we went to the zoo. I got to see many different kinds of animals. The monkeys were so cool. They were funny and cute.I liked the way they jumped from branch to branch in the trees. Monkeys like to have fun.

This is much easier to read!

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