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After reading Punctuation Takes a Vacation students will create postcards from the different punctuation marks to the class.
- Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
- Notecards or blank postcard
- Markers, crayons or colored pencils
- Students will listen or read a story with understanding a fluency
- Students will write postcards to demonstrate comprehension of story concepts
- Preview the book.
- Read and Discuss the book as a class. Be sure to draw attention to the way the punctuation writes thier letters.
- Discuss the different types of punctuation marks and how they are used in sentences.
- Discuss the parts of a postcard (Dear..., letter, address, and stamp, etc.)
- Have each student write a postcard from a punctuation mark. Use the letters from the story as an example. Make sure the students don't sign it from the punctuation mark. They must come up with a different way to sign it. (For example: Sincerely, Mr. Excited for a, exclamation point.)
- Tell the students to decorate the front to make it look like a postcard from a vacation spot.
- Be sure to give the students the school address so they can fill out the whole thing to look like a postcarc.
- Once they are finished, have the students share thier postcards and see of the class can guess which punctuation mark wrote the postcard.
- If the students finish quickly they can do more thatn one.
If you want to continue practicing writing letters, you can have the students write letters to other people or companies.
Create a rubric to match your goals and objectives. For example.
__/10 Postcard is from one specific punctuation mark
__/10 Postcard contains a greeting and salutation from the punctuatio mark
___/10 Punctuation mark is used correctily.
___/ 10 Picture on the front reflects postcards location
___/10 Address for the recipient is included