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Punctuation Detectives


There’s something about post it notes that kids love! For some reason it’s more exciting to write on a coloured, sticky backed, piece of paper, than just a piece of normal lined paper. Here’s an activity that lets them use post it notes to investigate punctuation in books.

– Hand out post it notes to students.
– Discuss why punctuation is so important. Brainstorm different punctuation marks.
-Students choose a book to read quietly to themselves.
-While they read they keep a tally of punctuation used (.,!?””)
-As a class compare results. What was used the most? The least?
-Compare punctuation used in non fiction and fiction texts. Is it different? Why?