Category Archives: Punctuation
A few weeks ago, we created a punctuation anchor chart to use during Writer’s Workshop:
I got this idea from Debbie Diller last year when she came to work with our school district. I created it exactly the same way as last years’ except, one of my kiddos asked where the question mark fit in…ummm, good question…stalling for time…then next thing I knew, the most amazing words were coming out of my mouth–and they made sense!
I asked them to tell me what happened if you did not pay attention to the stop light (you get pulled over by the police). I then asked them what the police did when they pulled you over (they ASK if you know what you were doing wrong while driving!!). BINGO!! We drew in the red and blue police lights at the bottom of our chart to remind us that the police will ask us questions and those questions require a QUESTION mark! I couldn’t believe it–divine intervention teaching! I love it when that happens!
Here are some of the anchor charts we have made in my room this year. I put them up on this large empty space above my counter so we could see them from pretty much anywhere in the room.
You can click on the picture for a closer view. This will also help solve the mystery of the green stoplight dot for some of you who asked. 🙂
When we were reading The Little Red Hen a few weeks ago, it seemed like the perfect time to get some work done on recognizing quotation marks. We used highlighter tape and I folded over a tiny part at the end to help them come off and on more smoothly. We store the highlighter tape on laminated index cards and keep it in a bag near our Big Book Work station so we can highlight different things during LWS. This was part of one of our Big Book lessons during this week.