STOP Writing....well not really. Read on!
Do your children have trouble understanding where to stop a sentence? Do they think punctuation is just a fun decoration for their papers? Well, I'll admit it, my children are a little confused. It's so difficult to explain when a complete thought stops and needs punctuation. Then, there is always the problem of those who do get it but forget to do it! Sheesh! Well this fun free simple activity should get your class excited about periods!
With any type of writing you would simple replace all the periods with paper periods from the hole punch!
Have students complete a writing assignment after you model and stress the proper use of punctuation. Your students will be very excited to glue their "periods" or "stoppers" on their paper when they're done! After, I like to compile the pages in a class book. This helps students see the patterns with the periods and fortunately some of the problems. I have children that begin to see that ALL of their periods are at the end of each line (not the sentence), I have had them recognize that they only have 1 loooong sentence with 1 period and others see that they have waaaay too many periods.
*I used my 3 hold punch with different colored paper and then emptied it and I had plenty of 'periods'
*This activity was done with my Needs & Wants unit using the Pigeon books by Mo Willems
If you try this in your classroom, I would love to hear how it goes. I heart comments!