The mysterious comma is arguably the trickiest form of punctuation, which is why assigned it it’s own unit in year 6. As students become more sophisticated writers they craft more complex sentences. They incorporate independent phrases and clauses, generate compound sentences, and utilize transition words to combine ideas - and the exercises in this unit will teach them how to use commas correctly in each scenario.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Commas to Combine Short Sentences 2Have your students practise their sentence combining skills with these exercises that give them visuals and helpful hints.
Transition Bugs: Star RumbleIt is a period of unrest for the Planet Zorb! In the beginning it was a peaceful place, but then…find out what happens next in this intergalactic star rumble! Young space explorers need to help the transition bugs complete the story by choosing the best transition words! Don’t forget to watch for correctly placed commas! This space-themed reading and writing game gets fifth graders interacting with a story by moving the plot forward with carefully selected transition words and phrases.
Comma After Transition Words for Passage of Time 3Take your fifth graders' story telling abilities to the next level with these exercises that have them put their knowledge of transition words to the test.
Using Commas to Separate an InterrupterHave your fifth grader learn when a clause is an interrupter with this fun and interactive activity that tests them on their knowledge of clauses rather than that of punctuation.
Using Commas to Indicate Direct AddressCommas serve so many uses in our written language, and learning their vast possibilities helps fifth graders in their essay writing and beyond. Punctuating direct addresses can be tricky, but your fifth grader can get the help they need with these exercises.

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