Each day at our literacy time, I gather the children to the rug to discuss the objective and plans for our lesson. Today, I will review some of the rules for the punctuation marks that we have learned so far: period, question mark, and exclamation point, so that the children will have these thoughts fresh in their minds.
Children, over the past few days we have been learning about punctuation marks. Raise your hand if you can remember the name of one of these marks. (Allow a few volunteers to respond.) Who can tell me something that they can remember about the period? Who can tell me something about question marks? What about exclamation points? Each of these punctuation marks can go at the end of a sentence. Today we will do a "write the room" activity so that we can practice what we have learned.
Five and six year old children don't sit still. I have been using "Write around the room" centers to get them up and moving around while doing important writing. They enjoy the freedom of the movement, all students are engaged, and I like the results that I am seeing when they are writing.
To do this "write the room" activity, you will need to have prepared a couple of things. The picture cards will need to be cut apart and taped around the room. I have laminated mine first. There are two sets of cards---one with the punctuation typed onto them and one that does not. The sets are to differentiate for your students based on their ability level. You will also need a copy of the sentence sheet for each child.
Boys and girls, who can tell me how a "write the room" activity works? You will need a pencil, clipboard, and a paper. Around the room there are clue cards taped to the furniture and counters. When you find a card, you look at the number and match that number to your paper. Copy the information from the clue card to your paper and then go on to the next card. For this assignment, your will need to match the number, the sentence and then copy the punctuation mark to your paper. When I have given you your clipboard and paper, you may begin. I will walk around the room and help anyone who needs it.
When you have found all of the clue cards, we will meet at the rug to compare answers. If you finish early, you can help point friends in the right direction, and you can practice reading the sentences on your page.
As the children complete their sheets, I listen to them read the sentences. This gives me the opportunity to listen to the reading abilities of my students, as well as to see how well they understand the idea of punctuation.
I gather the children back to the rug after about fifteen minutes. We will read the sentences together as a group and share our answers.