Rationale This activity
is designed to help children grow in fluency by strengthening reading and
Materials Pencil, red
crayon, and Oooops! handout (one of each per child). The Oooops! handout
should have sentences with mistakes such as capitalization and punctuation.
There should be space under each sentence for correction.
Pass out handout, pencil, and
red crayon to each child.
Tell the children that you are
trading places with them. They are the teachers and you are the student.
This is a paper you have written and they are to grade it and correct it
for you. Explain to the children that the mistakes in your paper include
capitalization and punctuation errors.
Review capitalization rules with
the children. Be sure to remind them of abbreviations such as Dr. and Mrs.
as well as proper names such as Sue or Auburn. Remind them also to check
the words at the beginning of the sentence.
Review punctuation rules with
the children. Remind them of periods, exclamation marks, and question marks
at the end of a sentence. Also, review the use of commas.
Explain to the children that
they are to find the mistake in each sentence. When they find it, they
are to write Oooops! over it with the red crayon.
With their pencils, they should
correct the mistake in the space below.
The teacher should model a sentence
or two on the board.
When the children are done, the
teacher should collect the handouts and check them as assessment. The teacher
can then determine the problems that are affecting the child's fluency
and address the problem with the child.
As a bonus assignment, the teacher
can have the students break into groups and write a short story using the
capitalization and punctuation rules covered.
Amy Hall, Mobile County Schools. 2001
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