National Punctuation Day 2015

This past Thursday, September 24th, was National Punctuation Day!  (No, really!  It’s a real day!)  We celebrated by having English ALL DAY!

We started out our morning by reviewing the proper use of commas.  There are SO MANY uses for commas, it seemed most appropriate to make sure and be aware of the many different uses for them, and to make sure we used them correctly.  To help us with this, we made “Comma People” to go along with our practice.  They were VERY creative, to say the least.  🙂

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Our next activity for the day drew attention to how we use punctuation while speaking and don’t even realize it!  Based on a comedy sketch by comedian Victor Borge, we created sounds and actions for different punctuation marks, and read them aloud phonetically.  Hilarious creativity with these, for sure!

Here is the original video:

Here is our take on the concept:

The final (and my favorite!) part of the day was quite intense, as we worked hard to save the lives of many sick patients, infected with “badgrammaritis.” Our Sentence Surgeons were on the case, and thankfully no one was lost on our watch!!

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All around, this was an extremely fun and exciting day!  English class never looked so good!!  😉  I can’t wait to celebrate again next year!!  Happy National Punctuation Day!!

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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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National Punctuation Day!

Yes, look it up, September 24th IS a recognized day: National Punctuation Day!  We celebrated today by having English class all day long!!

Our first English activity was a salute to the comma.  Students had to think of 4 different examples of proper comma use.  After completing those examples, they used construction paper to create a comma person to attach to their examples.  Not only were there many creative and fun examples of comma use, but there were also some pretty amazing comma people!

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After finishing our comma people activity, we watched a video by a classic comedian, Victor Borge.  He does a whole set called “Phonetic Punctuation,” where he assigns different sound effects and motions to different punctuation marks, and then reads a portion of a book while also reading the punctuation out loud.  Needless to say, we were giggling up a storm at certain parts.  Here is his video:

After watching, we paired up and did our own versions of Phonetic Punctuation, using the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.  The students assigned their own sound effects to their books, and performed portions of their stories for us.  It was a hysterical way to bring attention to the punctuation we take for granted every day!

After lunch, our final activity of the day was Sentence Surgeons.  Students had to operate quickly to save the lives of their patients.  (Badgrammaritis is no laughing matter!)  By fixing grammar mistakes with small band-aids, the patients were revived to their proper grammar states.  It was definitely a blast seeing our classroom transform into an operating room for the afternoon.

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We ended our celebration with amazing punctuation treats.  One of our fabulous room moms baked these for us (with special thanks to the Cheap Cookie Cutters website for the awesome punctuation cutters!), and they were definitely a treat enjoyed by all!!

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Happy National Punctuation Day!!