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Curriculum and Instruction


Grade: 4

Lesson Title: Language Arts -Punctuation

Fall 2018

Lesson Duration (mins): 60 minutes

Overview of lesson

Students work on their punctuation and how they use this in sentences. They practice these skills by using the white board with the teacher and practicing putting proper grammar by using this strategy. They then team up with a partner, are given a sentence, and they put the proper punctuation into the sentence.

Critical Questions


Lesson Guiding Questions:

What do we use commas for? What do we use periods for? What do we use question marks for?

Learning Objectives

Teaching Strategies

Students will…


Direct- Lecture at the front of the classroom as to how to use periods,

  • - Evaluate sentences.

question marks, and commas in the proper way.

  • - Recognize where periods, questions marks, and commas are appropriate in sentences.

Indirect- Indirect questions that are provided to the students. Students interacting with the teacher on the white board as to where the commas, periods, and question marks are.


Formative: Example on board of punctuation paragraph. Sentences handed out and then displayed on the board.

Learning Resources


Material and Equipment

List: Art supplies, manipulatives, smartboard, online white board etc…

  • - White Board

  • - White Board Markers

  • - Pencils

  • - Paper



Curriculum and Instruction

Fall 2018

Lesson Procedures Introduction ( 17 min.): Description of Hook/Attention Grabber; Expectations for Learning and Behavior; Transition
Lesson Procedures
Introduction ( 17 min.):
Description of Hook/Attention Grabber; Expectations for Learning and Behavior; Transition to Body,
(10 mins) Allow for the students 10 minutes of reading time to settle down from recess.
We are working on our hand writing today and making it neater. I want everyone to write down a paragraph about their
weekend and what they did. MAKE SURE THIS IS NEAT.
What is a paragraph? 4 sentences about what you did on the weekend. We need to make sure that this is neat and I can read
what you are writing.
What is capitalization?
What is a period?
What is a question mark?
What do we use them for?
Pair up with a partner. Pair up with your partner and give them your paragraph of what you did over the weekend. They will now
punctuate it for you, or if it is already punctuated properly, they will write a response to your paragraph with proper punctuation
Go over the sentences in the following picture by writing them on the board and explaining why we used the comma where we did.
What is a comma? (used to make pauses between thoughts, and to list things)
Body (35 min.):
Go through the sentences on the slide show, giving proper punctuation. Once you have done a few, have the students copy down
and do a few themselves.
Give each group of desks (2-3) pieces of paper with a sentence on them. As a group, they need to write down each of these
sentences and correct the punctuation on their page. When they are done, raise their hand.
Instruct students to get a partner. Once everyone has a partner, hand out strips of paper that have sentences on them. Have each
partnership punctuate the sentence. Ask each group to give you one of their sentences to write on the board. Once you have written
them on the board, get the students to come up and put their corrections on the sentence. Then get the students to walk around
and see if they missed anything.



Curriculum and Instruction

Fall 2018

Have each group switch sentences with another group and do another group sentences. Have the students help you to put the correct punctuation into the sentences.

Once the students are finished punctuating the paragraph that is on the board. Put a paragraph on the board that needs to be punctuated, have each student come up one by one and fix one thing about the paragraphs punctuation.

Closure ( 8 min.):


(5 mins) Clean up materials used. Have the cleaning helpers clean up anything on the floor. (give you back papers or throw them in garbage.)