Turn punctuation practice into a game-like activity with these FREE task cards. The task cards contain passages from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since students are so familiar with this story, you can use the task cards without reading the novel.
In this practice commas, dashes, and parentheses have been omitted. Students rewrite the sentences placing the correct punctuation around non-restrictive clauses. These are descriptive clauses. They provide extra information that is not essential. This means they can be removed, and the sentence still makes sense.
This collection of cards is set up to work well with the game Scoot. Also, students do not have to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to enjoy using these task cards.
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Playing Scoot turns using a set of task cards into a game. You play by placing one task card on each student’s desk. For easier recording, place the cards in numerical order. Give each student one copy of a sheet to record answers.
Each student will read the question on the activity card on his/her desk and will record the answer. After a length of time (approximately 1 minute), the teacher gives a signal for the students to scoot to the next desk. The signal may simply be the teacher saying “move” or a noise such as a bell. The procedure repeats at each desk. The activity continues until all students end up at the desks where they began the activity.
Common Core Skills
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.2.a Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.*
If you discover your students need practice going over definitions and rules related to using punctuation to set off nonrestrictive elements, check out these FREE foldable graphic organizers.
In Chapter 16, you will find an organizer going over the differences between nonrestrictive and restrictive clauses.
In Chapter 17, you will find an organizer going over when the use commas, parentheses, and dashes.