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Fix the Punctuation Activity

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A cut and match activity to help your students correctly punctuate sentences.

Use this teaching resource when learning about sentence punctuation and editing.

Your class will love to use these cute puppets to help them fix these badly punctuated sentences!

  1. Cut out the punctuation puppets and attach to a paddle pop stick or a strip of paper to make a finger puppet.
  2. Print out the sentences on Landscape A3 paper. Cut out each sentence and combine into strips to display on your whiteboard or wall.
  3. Invite your students to hold up their punctuation puppets to fill in the boxes where the punctuation is missing.

Please note: Some sentences are missing only one type of punctuation, while some are missing multiple punctuation marks.

Differentiate this activity by creating further sentences to ‘fix’ that are missing a colon, semi-colon, hyphen and en-dash (puppets provided).

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELY1661

    Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagramsElaborationsref...

  • ACELY1652

    Participate in shared editing of students’ own texts for meaning, spelling, capital letters and full stopsElaborationsrereading collaboratively developed texts to check that they communicate what the authors intended (Skills: Literacy, Critical ...

  • ACELY1672

    Re-read and edit text for spelling, sentence-boundary punctuation and text structureElaborationsreading their work and adding, deleting or changing words, prepositional phrases or sentences to improve meaning, for example replacing an everyday noun w...

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