Sunday, December 2, 2012

For All Your Apostrophe Needs

Getting into the "nitty gritty" of grammar rules can be fun! I did a few mini-lessons with apostrophes recently, and we'll be doing these two chants throughout the school year for reminders:

Teacher: Apostrophes are in the air!
Student: Commas are on the floor!

Teacher: Apostrophes have two homes...
Students: Contractions and possessives!

The second chant keeps us from going "apostrophe-crazy." Students can get confused and add apostrophes to plurals or other words that don't need them. I also made a helpful handout for their writing folders!

Download it HERE!

We kept the fun going by reading The Girl's Like Spaghetti by grammar guru Lynne Truss. It's a silly book that points out how the meaning of a sentence can be completely changed by adding, moving, or deleting apostrophes. 

Last but not least, I told my students (in a very dramatic way) that they knew more about apostrophes than many adults! When a few of them said they didn't believe me, I showed them photos of public signs with apostrophe mistakes. You can find tons from or! (As with any website, be sure to browse the website content before showing your students!) I printed out a few of the signs, and they created "new and improved" duplicates with correct apostrophe usage. 

They have a whole new appreciation for apostrophes now. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that it lasts so they don't grow into the adults that make these embarrassing signs! 


  1. What a good idea with correcting public signs! Thanks for the link to the website.

    Teaching Fourth

  2. This is a wonderful lesson idea! Thank you for the inspiration:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. I love this idea! I am definitely using it once we get back from break! I am your newest follower!

  4. I bet your students loved correcting adults' mistakes. I bet mine will, too.

  5. Love this! Misused apostrophes are right up there with there/their/they're and your/you're as my biggest pet peeves!

  6. Love the idea with the signs! Very fun!