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Let's learn about punctuation with Koko and Pip!

Transcript Punctuation

"Aaaand, done! Alright Koko, let's get this message over to Bertha so she knows what to bring to the picnic!" "OH NO, PIP! I'm SO SORRY!" "It's okay, accidents happen. It looks like the only thing that was washed away was the punctuation. We'll get that fixed in no time!" Let's help Pip and Koko fix the message for Bertha by adding... Punctuation. All complete sentences end with a punctuation mark. We can use a period, (...) question mark, (...) or an exclamation point. A period goes at the end of a telling sentence, such as: Pip has a big necklace. (...) Koko found a crabby crab. (...) Question sentences end with a question mark, such as: What kind of music do you like? (...) Who likes to climb trees? (...) To figure out if a sentence needs a question mark, we can look for question words like who, (...) what, (...) when, (...) where, (...) why, (...) and how. Sentences that say something exciting or tell someone to do something end with an exclamation point, such as: Wow, that was an awesome trick! (...) Hurry, we can't be late! (...) Now, let's help Pip and Koko choose the correct punctuation mark for his letter. The sentence says, 'We'll meet at the park'. Do we need a period, question mark, or exclamation point at the end of this sentence? (...) Point to the punctuation mark you think it is! (...) A PERIOD because they are TELLING Bertha where to meet. The next sentence says, 'Bring the basket!'. Do we need a period, question mark, or exclamation point at the end of this sentence? (...) Point to the punctuation mark you think it is! (...) This sentence needs an EXCLAMATION POINT because it's telling Bertha to do something. The next sentence says, 'What will you bring?'. Do we need a period, question mark, or exclamation point at the end of this sentence? (...) Point to the punctuation mark you think it is! (...) A QUESTION MARK, since it's asking a question. Let's try one more! The last sentence says, "We are excited for the picnic!" Do we need a period, question mark, or exclamation point at the end of this sentence? (...) Point to the punctuation mark you think it is! (...) This sentence needs an EXCLAMATION POINT because it's saying something exciting! Before we see what Bertha says, let's remember. All complete sentences end with a punctuation mark. We can use a period, (...) question mark, (...) or an exclamation point. A period goes at the end of a telling sentence... question sentences end with a question mark... and sentences that say something exciting or tell someone to do something end with an exclamation point. "Do you think this means she'll be ready for the picnic?" "Hmm, I guess we'll have to wait and see."

Punctuation exercise

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  • Help Pip name the punctuation marks.

    Hints

    We always start a sentence with a capital letter. For example:

    A dog jumped.

    Statements end with a period. For example:

    A dog jumped.

    Questions end with a question mark. For example:

    Did a dog jump?

    Exclamations end with an exclamation point. For example:

    That was amazing!

    Solution

    A is a capital letter.

    . is a period.

    ? is a question mark.

    ! is an exclamation point.

  • Which punctuation mark should be used?

    Hints

    What type of sentence is this?

    Is it a statement, a question, or an exclamation?

    Questions often start with words like these.

    Solution

    This sentence is a question so needs a question mark at the end.

    Where is Pip going?

  • Which of these sentences end with the correct punctuation mark?

    Hints

    Remember,

    • statements end with a period.
    • questions end with a question mark.
    • exclamations end with an exclamation point.

    Read each sentence carefully. Are both of the sentences that end with a question mark actually questions?

    There are three correct answers.

    Solution

    The correct answers are:

    • Is the fire hot?
    • Pip told a story.
    • What a surprise!
    ____________________________________________________

    It is dark should actually end with a period as it is a statement.

  • Can you spot Pip's mistakes?

    Hints

    Remember,

    • statements end with a period.
    • questions end with a question mark.
    • exclamations end with an exclamation point.

    Questions start with words such as who, where, when, is, why, how. If a sentence doesn't start with one of these words, it may not need a question mark at the end.

    There are three mistakes to highlight.

    Solution
    1. I like painting. This sentence should end with a period as it is a statement.
    2. Koko, that was fantastic! This sentence is correct. It should end with an exclamation point as it is an exclamation.
    3. Is it Sunday today? This sentence should end with a question mark as it is a question.
    4. The bag is pink. This sentence should end with a period as it is a statement.
  • Can you label the punctuation marks?

    Hints
    • Statements end with a period.
    • Questions end with a question mark.
    • Exclamations end with an exclamation point.

    This sentence is a statement.

    I am six.

    This sentence is a question.

    Are you six?

    This sentence is an exclamation.

    That's amazing!

    Solution

    ? is a question mark.

    . is a period.

    ! is an exclamation point.

  • Can you complete the sentences with the correct punctuation marks?

    Hints

    Remember,

    • statements end with a period.
    • questions end with a question mark.
    • exclamations end with an exclamation point.

    Questions start with words such as:

    • who
    • what
    • where
    • why
    • how

    If a sentence starts with a word like 'Wow', it could be an exclamation.

    A statement is a sentence that tells you an idea, statement or fact.

    Which of these sentences tell you true information? They should end with a period.

    Solution

    Pip and Koko are at the shop.

    Wow, the rocket looks amazing!

    The teddy is fluffy and the ball is round.

    What would you buy?