I read this CUTE little story to my class today and man did it grab their attention more so than any foldable or anchor chart we've ever done! I placed the book under the document camera and their eyes stayed focused on the white board while I read.
The idea of the story is about how AND came to town and fixed up all the comma problems their town was having. He showed the town to use commas for 4 reasons:
1. Making lists
2. Separating adjectives
3. Clearing up confusing sentences
4. Joining simple sentences
Here are 2 of my favorite pages from the book! I LOVE that it shows a before and after picture, because it shows my kids how it should be done.
After reading the book we discussed together and made a list on the board of the 4 ways the book discussed using commas. We wrote our "I can" statement for our one focus area today:
"I can use commas when writing lists."
Students then had to write sentences with their lists of items and got to share with the class by using the document camera. Holy moly do they feel special when they get to use the document camera!
There are several other books in the series, so check them out if you get a chance. Such a great way to teach grammar! :)
I plan on using this sheet tomorrow for morning work for my kiddos as a follow-up. Click on the picture to download it for free!