Teaching Comma Rules

Teaching Comma Rules

The Common Core State Standard requires fifth-grade students to learn five comma rules. Students will find this anchor chart a quick easy reference.

Ideas for Teaching Students Comma Rules

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?).

The Rules

  • 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


More Rules

  • 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

Direct Address

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.

Comma Rules - Directions for Creating a Staggered Flip OrganizerComma Rules - Creating a Staggered Flip Organizer

Comma Rules - Example Page from the Inside of the Staggered Flip Book

Now students are ready for practice.


Comma Rules and Practice Pages (Free Grammar Worksheets)

39 FREE Punctuation Worksheets

Gay Miller

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1 comment

    • Shawanna on March 17, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Awesome Drawings!

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