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Punctuation Parking Lot Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 3 pages | Grades: K - 1

Practice recognizing and using end punctuation with our set of punctuation cards and matching game board.

Understanding sentence structure includes the ability to know when to use the appropriate punctuation mark

Take the guesswork out of periods, question marks, and exclamation points with our Punctuation Parking Lot game! 

Finish Sentences with Our End Punctuation Game 

Use this resource as a writing center activity, with your writing intervention group, or as a whole class activity (see below) to practice recognizing and naming end punctuation.

In this activity, students will read the sentences, identify the missing end punctuation and find the matching punctuation vehicle card to fill the parking lot.

Scaffolding and Extension Tips + More End Punctuation Games

Students who need the added challenge can rewrite each sentence to give it a different punctuation mark. “He can see it,” for example, can be turned into a question: “Can he see it?”

If students need more support with words they struggle with, encourage them to use a visual reminder like an anchor chart or punctuation posters

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, comprehension assessments, and more.

Scavenger Hunt

Hide the punctuation cards around the room when your students are not around and put the board game in the center of the room. Then set your students loose! As soon as they find a piece, they bring it up to the board game and find a sentence where it belongs. NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time. If not, things could get a little crazy. 🤪


During small group instruction, lay one of each kind of punctuation card on the table and give each student a fly swatter. Read each phrase aloud off the board. The first student to swat the correct punctuation card for the phrase gets a point!

Knock Off

Have your students stand up and make a line across the room facing the game board projected onto a screen. Use our Random Name Picker widget to draw a student’s name and point to a phrase with the missing punctuation. If the student correctly identifies the appropriate punctuation needed, they tap the person on their left or right to send them back to their seat. If the student answers incorrectly, they must sit out. Play continues until only 1 student is standing.

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Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


Periods, exclamation points, question marks, and more are all included in the practice activities below. Give them a go with your students! 

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