The Common Core State Standard requires fifth-grade students to learn five comma rules. Students will find this anchor chart a quick easy reference.
This anchor chart covers the 5th grade Common Core rules:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use punctuation to separate items in a series.*
Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It’s true, isn’t it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).
- To set off the name of the person to who you are speaking
- After introductory words yes and no and interjections
- When addressing a person
- To separate words or groups of words in a series
- To set off introductory elements
- In tag questions
- To set off an appositive
- To join two related sentences
- Between the day of the week and the month – Between the date and the year
- To separate the name of a city and its state or country
- To separate a quote from a source phrase
- In friendly letters, after the greeting and closing
- In business letters, after the closing
Comma Rules Videos
The following videos are all short and comical. They make great hooks to lessons on commas.
Commas in a Series
Commas After Introductory Elements
Comma Rules Foldable Organizer
Making foldable organizers uses up a lot of class time. This quick and simple organizer can be made in a matter of minutes. Just fold copier paper and staple it across the top.
Now students are ready for practice.