While Homeschool Freebie of the Day is stopping in to see the Revolution stuff, I wanted to give you something else since you’ve already seen that stuff. I’ve been working on making a writing-reference notebook for my daughter. I’ve printed out a bunch of materials, but I didn’t want to just print out a list of rules for punctuation or capitalization, so I’ve made up a few activities that can be used to learn and to practice the rules. They are available to you for download here: Capitalization and Punctuation. Maybe I should say I’ve been using these with my fourth grader.
This mini-book has 10 rules of comma usage. I had my daughter write an example of each inside. Then she used this worksheet to practice. The number of the sentence matches the number of the rule. (There are no commas on this page. My daughter put in the ones you see.) You can learn about these rules and see examples at the website address below. This link is in the materials. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm
Here is a minibook about the capitalization rules. There are flaps on both sides that mirror each other: common nouns/proper nouns, titles/titles with names,… Your child is to write an example of each under the flap. There is a notebook page with the rules listed where you can attach the minibook if you like.
This activity goes with the dialog grammar pages. There are two pages that talk about the rules of dialog grammar with examples and a dialog to practice punctuating yourself. This activity is to practice some more. You can piece the dialog together in several ways. You need to choose upper or lowercase letters (I left off the W from wait so you could see that easily) and you need to choose the punctuation marks. There’s an envelope that you can cut out and assemble to hold these pieces. And the envelope can be attached to the lesson page if you like.
There are several links in the materials. They can all also be found on the new “Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers” blog. Look for capitalization and punctuation under Grammar on the English page.
I’ll also put here a little two-page file about types of sentences. You can download it here: Types of Sentences
These are just pretty plain pages. They have definitions, examples and room to write in examples. One is declarative, interrogative…and the one pictured is simple, compound, complex. There are links in the file about where you can learn about and practice compound/complex online.
You can find the links on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog. Go HERE and look under Types of Sentences. You can also find here links to online games for capitalization and commas. All the links are also in the file.
I’ve put these things into a binder along with other writing resources to keep as a reference tool. One place I got many printables for this binder is here. I found them on Jimmi’s blog about their mini-office. Jimmie’s poetic devices book came from there.
I printed out the parts of speech I-pods. I had my daughter write a story on the back of each emphasizing the part of speech. She wrote the same story on each one which turned out to be a good idea. It was very clear by her story (just 4 or 5 sentences about a boy finding a dog) which part of speech was on the back of it. It was kind of neat seeing it change each day.
The I-pods are in color, but I printed them in black and white. If you wanted to make it a mini-book, it would still be pretty big but you could cut out the I-pod shape. There would still be plenty of room for a story on the back 🙂