What's at the Sentence End?

What's at the Sentence End? lesson plan

Practice perfect punctuation! Create 3-D punctuation marks. Why not collect them all?

  • 1.

    Learn what punctuation marks are, what they look like, and how each one is used in writing. Use white Crayola® Model Magic to make models of each one. Dry 24 hours.

  • 2.

    Cover your work area with newspaper. Paint your sculpture punctuation marks using Crayola Washable Paint and Crayola Paint Brushes. Dry.

  • 3.

    Using paint and Crayola Washable Markers, decorate all sides of a recycled box in which to display your punctuation marks. If you like, you could decorate each side with a different punctuation theme. For example, one side could show hidden punctuation marks in pictures. Paint another side, and while the paint is still wet, use the handle tip of a brush to draw punctuation marks. Dry.

  • 4.

    Attach all of the punctuation marks to the inside base of the box using Crayola School Glue. Dry.

  • 5.

    Cut a hole near the top in one side of box with Crayola Scissors. Make the hole big enough so you can reach inside the box and touch the punctuation marks.

  • 6.

    Here's one way to use your box. As you come across new vocabulary or spelling words, reach into the box to find a punctuation mark. Use Crayola Washable Markers to write a sentence with the new word on a strip of paper using the punctuation mark you touch


  • Students identify and create a set of sculpted punctuation marks: period, exclamation point, comma, quotation marks, and question mark.
  • Students make a punctuation box in which their models of the marks are placed.
  • Children use the punctuation marks correctly in sentences.


  • Older students make more advanced punctuation marks such as the semi-colon, colon, and parentheses.
  • Students with special needs could paint the box with Crayola® So Big® Paint Brushes. They might also use the box to store their punctuation marks rather than gluing them to the bottom. Punctuation pieces could be removed and placed on paper-strip sentence
  • Divide into groups of four. One child reaches in to choose a punctuation mark. Another child selects a vocabulary word. A third child uses both in a complete sentence. A fourth child writes down the sentence. Rotate responsibilities.