Punctuation Marks Can Be Fun!

11 05 2010

I have read the adult book, Eat, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss and thought it was pretty interesting. Truss came out with three great pictures books to make teaching some punctuation marks fun!

Check out these books:

Twenty Odd Ducks– Why, every punctuation mark counts

Eats, Shoots and Leaves– why commas make a difference

The Girl’s Like Spaghetti why you can’t manage without apostrophes!

If you haven’t seen these books they make teaching punctuation marks, commas and apostrophes so much easier and it adds some fun to the lesson! I bought a half class set for my kids, so I have them partner up and read through the book,  I lead them as a class through the first few pages. I then let them figure out the punctuation rules. There is also a description in the back of the book to help the students understand the pages.

The books are set up with examples of how the meaning of a sentence can change when a punctuation mark is either included or excluded. When you open the pages up, one page has a sentence with a great picture of what that sentence means. The other page is the same sentence with a punctuation mark included (or taken out) and a picture to represent that meaning.

It makes it easy for kids to visually see why punctuation marks matter!

Here is an example page:




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