Master the Use of the Comma with These Task Cards!
Students learn about common comma rules with these task cards and recording sheets. Each card displays a sentence that requires commas to be added. Students correct the sentence by adding commas where needed. The cards and recording sheet could be used when working in small groups, as part of a literacy centre or as an assessment.
Through this activity, students will show the ability to edit for comma placement. Comma use featured in this set includes:
- commas in a series
- commas in dates
- commas in compound and complex sentences.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your writing lessons.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
Help students who need help understanding the concepts by providing access to previous assignments or notes.
Provide students with posters or anchor charts for them to reference during the activity.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
Challenge your students to create their own task cards or assessments on index cards or sticky notes.
🛴 Scoot Activity
Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give them time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point.
👋 Exit Ticket
Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note or their notebook.
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the colour or blackline version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.
Print on thick card for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.
To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring.
Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on thick card and slip them into write-and-wipe sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker then erase and reuse them.
Don’t stop there! We’ve got more activities and resources that cut down on lesson planning time:
A poster that explains commas and provides an example of how to use them.
A 6 page worksheet pack to consolidate the learning of punctuation for the upper years.
An engaging 44 slide interactive PowerPoint to use in the upper years classroom when learning about grammar and punctuation.