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Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher

Title – Placing Human Punctuation Marks

Grade Level – Grade 3-5

Objective: To help students to recognize the importance of punctuation and the various uses of punctuation marks within direct quotes.

This also encourages cooperation within a group and self-checking skills.

Materials: 1) Sentence strips prepared with sentence parts on them. Separate the direct quote in the sentence from the other words in the sentence.


Strip #1 Mother said

Strip #2 Will you help me with this

2) 8 – 4×6 Index cards -Make one with a period, a comma (make 2 or 3), quotation marks (make one for the beginning of the quote and a separate one for the end of the quote), a question mark, and an exclamation point.

Process: Choose several students to stand at the front of the classroom holding the sentence strips for one sentence. Have another student choose a card for one of the punctuation marks and stand next to the students with the sentence strips. They are to line up in the order that the sentence would be written on paper. Continue having students choose and place the cards needed for punctuation until the sentence has been completed. Have the class agree or disagree with the placements. Repeat the process with a variety of sentences.

This is a good visual for the entire class and allows many participants.



Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent

Okay Ayoub, (see I shortened it) wow I wish I was in your class! We never did stuff like this while I was in school. This sounds like fun to do with the boys but I think my eight year old is still a bit young.


Thanks, Debby



Location: Philippines

That’s cool! I will better tell it to my two sister’s-in-law. They were both teachers. I’m sure, it will help them a lot. Nice tips.



Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher

This is a good activity for the class or even at home. The kids will have so much fun and learn at the same time.

I think i will integrate this activity with my lesson in math. I will just revise it a little, instead of choosing the punctuation marks, i will let them choose the corresponding mathematical translation of the sentence. This could be very good activity in my lesson in translating verbal sentences to mathematical sentence. I can already imagine my class with so much fun while doing this.

Thanks for giving me an idea Ayoub. Keep it up. God Bless!



Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher

Thanks Zemlene I hope I can help more, but I am not a math teacher if you want I’ll ask some friends (math teachers) about the best way to teach math I’ll contact you soon,




Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher

Thanks Debby (for shorting it); and I don’t think I can teach a great person like you; you are inspiring for being a great mother and a teacher in home too; so be prod with what you have!




Location: Florida, USA

Positions: Parent Volunteer in the elementary school library

I must admit, the teachers today are getting WAY more creative than when I was in school. That’s a great way to teach them. I just recently took the ACT and had to RE-study all that stuff! What a great,creative way to teach. You are a wonderful addition to the teachers of the world, keep up the good work.

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