Introduction to Commas

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Commas, this is one of the first types of punctuations students will learn that appears in the middle of a sentence. Often, students will want to use too many commas when first learning the concept. It is important for students to understand the importance of a comma, its usefulness, and what writing may sound like without the use of a comma.

Introduction to Commas Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Introduction to Commas
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Introduction to Commas
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The Introduction to Commas lesson stresses the comma is a pause in a sentence. This is one of the first types of punctuations students will learn that appears in the middle of a sentence. Often, students will want to use too many commas when first learning the concept. It is important for students to understand the importance of a comma, its usefulness, and what writing may sound like without the use of a comma.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display a run-on sentence with a series of items without commas. Read the sentence aloud to the students as they follow along. Be sure to include dates and dialogue. Do not pause. Ask students: What is wrong with the sentence or how I read it?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Reread the sentence with the commas correctly placed. Ask students what they notice between the first time it was read and the second time.
  4. Distribute Introduction to Commas content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use other examples and the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute scissors. They may create nonsense sentences if they are correctly written.
  6. Give students ample time to create a total of at least 10 or more sentences.
  7. Once completed, allow students to share some of their sentences with the class.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share some of their sentences for each of the rules.
  10. In closing, distribute a “comma” to each student, or use one of the cut-out commas. Randomly read some sentences, dates, etc. to the students. Tell students: Each time a comma is needed as I read, hold up your comma in the air.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2.C
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2.B
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2.B
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2.C

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1-2

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Language Arts

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