Teaching punctuation can be pretty dry and boring for little ones, and assessing it can be time consuming.
I've designed Punctuation Paddles that solve both problems!
They also help review: Common Core State Standards: RF.K3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a
Punctuation paddles are quick and easy to make and a super-fun way for students to learn about end punctuation. They also make a terrific whole-group assessment tool.
All 3 punctuation marks are on one Popsicle stick (it's a tri-fold).
I jazzed mine up with crayons, glitter glue, rhinestones and wiggle eyes.
I've incorporated Dolch and word wall words in the simple sentences. Print and laminate the monthly cards.
Teachers read a card; students twirl their Popsicle stick so that the correct punctuation faces forward, and hold it up in the air.
Teachers can see at a glance, who does not have the correct answer and jot down notes of who needs help.
Teachers then show their students the card, and choose a child to correct the capitalization errors. They are sometimes not just the first word. Students write in the appropriate end punctuation.
The teacher can also print more cards and pass them out to students. so they can work on them for a Daily 5 activity, or play with a partner.
Packet includes: Directions and patterns for 10 punctuation paddles. (September through June), + 50 sentence cards. (5 for each month.)
Click on the link to view/download the Monthly Punctuation Paddles.
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