1. Which End mark?When students are first learning about ending sounds, we have to practice reading with intonation and inflection. Starting this practice from the beginning can be powerful for emergent readers. Using cards with the same sentences and 3 different endings, students can play "Which End mark?" They choose a card and read it with the ending in mind. Their classmates need to guess the end mark.
2. Sing It!Everyone knows it's easy to teach early emergent and emergent readers a skill when it's set to a tune. These punctuation songs are set to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot." Whether they are singing about the little period, the exclamation mark that yells or the curvy question mark they are sure to make a connection with the punctuation through song.
3. Do it.Another sure fire way to get students to learn punctuation is to involve their whole body. The same cards from the "Which Endmark?" can be used for this. Students will listen to the sentence and decide what punctuation is at the end. If it's a period, they squat like the cutie in the picture above. If it's an exclamation mark, they stretch their hands high above their head and clasp them together to make a tall exclamation mark. Finally, if it's a question mark, they will 'hula' their hips to show the curvy question mark.
4. Raise it up!Finally, this can be a quiet game. Everyone gets 3 signs glued on to tongue depressors. As the teacher reads the sentence, the sign is raised. It's a great quick assessment without paper and pencil. You can quickly see who knows the answer, who hesitates and who watches others.
If we want our students to understand endmarks from the beginning, we need to teach it from the beginning. Likewise, in the land of flying donuts, we should do this to protect our students.
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