What's the Date?

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10086

Writing dates requires correct punctuation. In this lesson, you will learn to use correct comma placement when you write the month, day, and year. You will be a Date Detective and write a short story!


Grammar, Grammar

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

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Everyone has a birthday! What is the date of your birthday? How does this date look on the calendar and in writing?

Sometimes when we write, we have to put a date in the sentence we are writing.

How does your birthday look in written form? If the day you were born was the 25th day of May in the year 2009, it would look like this:

  • May 27, 2009

When a date is written, a comma is placed after the month and day.

Here are a few examples of dates written correctly:

  • October 12, 1492
  • November 4, 2008
  • May 27, 1970
  • September 30, 2015

Do you see the comma after each month and date?

Let's practice writing some dates.

Find a calendar or ask your teacher for one you can use. Write the month, day, and current year for the following holidays:

  • Halloween
  • Passover
  • Thanksgiving
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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