National Punctuation Day 2014

September 24th is National Punctuation Day.  (It’s a real day!!  I promise!!)  What better way to celebrate the day than with an all-English activity day.  We learned about the value of the comma, made up sound effects for verbal punctuation, and attended to some sick grammarians who had a bad case of badgrammaritis.  🙂  All in all, it was a fun day!!

Our first activity, Comma People, helped us review the importance of using commas.  The students were to give 4 examples of proper comma use, and then create a Comma Person to go along with their examples.  While the examples were great, the Comma People creations were even greater.  Love the creativity!

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Our next activity took more creativity, but this time in the form of acting, reading, and sound effects.  We watched a short video of Victor Borge, a comedian, performing his “Phonetic Punctuation” sketch.  After watching his inspiration, we created our own versions, using the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.  Here is the video of his sketch, and then the video of our interpretations.

Our afternoon was filled with an activity we called Sentence Surgeons.  In this activity, the students dressed as doctors, and attended to sick patients who had a bad case of badgrammaritis.  Their job was to repair the damaged grammar using bandaids, and hopefully not lose their patient in the process.  We had a ton of fun with this activity.

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