Punctuation Lesson Plan: A Hands-On Activity

Submitted by: Denisha Ivey

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, K-3

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to recognize correct punctuation in a given text. Students will punctuate original sentences correctly and apply their understandings to authentic contexts.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Recognize correct punctuation in a given text
  2. Punctuate original sentences correctly


  • Access to BrainPOP
  • Interactive Whiteboard (optional)
  • Macaroni noodles
  • M&Ms, dried beans, or other small round food
  • Blank sentence strips or chart paper


quotation marks, dialogue, screen plays, prose


Prepare the materials above for students. Select and preview the movie you'd like to use and its features. This lesson works best if students already have some background knowledge about the type of punctuation you'd like them to practice.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Discuss how your chosen form of punctuation (apostrophes, commas, etc.) is used. Show examples from published works, such as stories students have recently read in their reading instruction.
  2. Watch the BrainPOP or BrainPOP Jr. movie on the punctuation type, pausing and discussing as needed.
  3. Have the class complete the quiz by writing the answers on interactive whiteboards (if available) or discussing the answers as a class.
  4. Provide blank sentence strips or chart paper to students. Have them create sentences that require the type of punctuation you've studied, but ask students to purposely leave them unpunctuated. Does the lack of punctuation change the meaning of anyone's sentence?
  5. Have students use the macaroni noodles and M&M’s to correctly punctuate the given sentences. For example, students would use macaroni for apostrophes and M&Ms for periods, and a combination of the two for semi-colons.