Becoming familiar with the way punctuation looks and what it means are essential for reading and writing. This lesson provides an introductory look at punctuation like quotes, exclaimation points, commas, question marks, and periods.
How to teach it:
Read the book King Bidgood's in the Bathtub to the class. After reading the book write all of the punctuation marks on the board. (comma, period, exclaimation point, question mark, and quotes) Begin the class discussion by asking the class if anyone knows what any of the marks mean. Then explain to the class what each mark means and what it is used for. Read through the book again and stop after reading each page and ask the students if they see any of the punctuation marks on that page that were previously discussed. This is just an introductory lesson to punctuation and should be followed up by more in depth lesson on each individual mark throughout the year.
Wood, Audrey. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub. Illus. by Don Wood. New York: Scholastic Inc, 1993.