National Punctuation Day
September 24 is National Punctuation Day.
Founded in 2004 by newsletter writer Jeff Rubin, National Punctuation Day is a “celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”
To promote proper punctuation awareness, Jeff and his wife, Norma, maintain their website: nationalpunctuationday.com.
They also visit elementary schools, where they perform a punctuation assembly based on the theme, “Punctuation is important in helping children learn to read and write with clarity.”
7 Fun Ideas to Celebrate National Punctuation Day
Here are a few ideas for creating a fun and memorable National Punctuation Day for your students:
1. Punctuation Rap
Have students practice and perform the punctuation rap. They can even make posters for each punctuation mark in the song.
2. Punctuation Talent Show
Have students perform a talent show act as a punctuation mark character. For example, a group of students could put together a skit where all the actors ask only questions--acting as question marks. Or a group of students could shout all their lines, acting as exclamation marks. Or the students could each act as a different punctuation and have the audience guess which punctuation mark they are based on how they say their lines.
3. Punctuation Poems
Ask students to write an ode to their favorite punctuation mark. Read the finished poems together as a class. Can you put one to music and create a song?
4. Punctuation Food
Decorate cookies with punctuation marks created with icing. Or have students make punctuation marks with carrot sticks, veggie sticks, or other snack foods. If you have access to a kitchen, students can decorate mini-pizzas (using English muffins) with punctuation-shaped toppings or students can create pancakes shaped like punctuation marks.
5. Punctuation Games
Play games to help your students practice using the correct punctuation. Here's a website with punctuation game ideas.
6. Spot and Fix
Place examples of incorrect punctuation use around the classroom. Then have students spot and fix the incorrect punctuation. Use pictures of signs you find in your area or examples from other sources, including the internet.
7. Inventing Punctuation
Have students invent a new punctuation mark and explain how it should be used.
You can help your students focus on accurately using punctuation by incorporating these activities to make punctuation fun and relevant.
Have fun celebrating!!!!!