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Using Commas in Dates and Series -Task Cards

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

Practice correct comma placement in dates and series with task cards

Master Comma Rules with Task Cards! You Don’t Need a Comma Worksheet After All…

First, second, and third-grade students will learn about common comma rules with these task cards and recording sheets. Each card displays a comma rule error and students correct the sentence by adding commas where needed. Students use the cards and recording sheet when working in small groups, as part of a literacy center, or as an assessment.

To use, simply place the recording sheets and task cards in a center or around the classroom, and set your students to work.

Through this activity, students will show the ability to edit and correct errors in comma placement. Comma rules featured in this set include:

  • Commas in a series
  • Commas in dates

If you are looking for comma activities for first grade, or comma lessons for second grade, this set of task cards is just what you need to bring some novelty into your classroom.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your writing lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this resource to enhance learning through guided writing groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

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 students 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 students time to review the card and record their answers in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will 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 notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color or blackline PDF or editable Google slide version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download. 

Print on cardstock 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 cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

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


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