Find Out How I Get My Students To Use Capitalization And Punctuation Like Superheroes!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

     Every year it has been a struggle to get my firsties to use capitalization and punctuation correctly... But not this year! This year my first grade friends are doing a FANTABULOUS job with their sentence writing, and I wanted to share with you what has made all the difference!
MOVEMENT
EXCITEMENT
IMAGINATION
and a little bit of COSTUMING...
and you have
DAH DAH DAH...
SENTENCE SUPERHEROES!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!


Here is how it works...I introduce one "Sentence Superhero" per week. We review that same hero all week. Let's say this week the Superhero is....
EXCLAMATION POINT WOMAN!
I will write the morning message each day without exclamation points. We will then review what EXCLAMATION POINT WOMAN does.

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Then...
DAH DAH DAH...
I will choose a student each day that week to BE 
DAH DAH DAH...
EXCLAMATION POINT WOMAN!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Now, the job of SENTENCE SUPERHERO is not to be taken lightly! It involves, wearing the superhero necklace (the circles in the slide from above), and the superhero cape (I had made this for myself  as part of a  Halloween costume a couple years ago, but you could use a towel pinned to the back of their shirt), but it also involves SAVING SENTENCES IN THE CLASSROOM FROM HAVING MISSING PUNCTUATION!!!!
DAH DAH DAH...

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

We assist the SENTENCE SUPERHERO in correcting the morning message each day, and then review the punctuation rules he/she upheld.

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!


We take our time and do one SENTENCE SUPERHERO per week. This is a picture of 
PERIOD BOY saving the day!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Now does he look proud or what?!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

COMMA GIRL in action!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

After we have finished our tour of all the SENTENCE SUPERHEROES, we then move on to whole class practice! We take one day to review together on the Smartboard and on a practice page, and then the second day we have independent practice.

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Here is CAPTAIN CAPITALIZATION saving the world from "lower case letteritis".

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Whew! I feel safer already! Don't you?

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Then we practice together.

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

We go through all the Superheroes in this way, and the kids LOVE IT! But the best part is, THEY GET IT!!
Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Maybe this cape actually does have superpowers afterall?!

If this sounds like something you would like to try with your students, I have the entire packet already done for you! 

Capitalization and punctuation practice, activities, and anchor charts to use with your students. Help make your students proficient in the rules of proper capitalization and punctuation while having fun doing it!

Click on the image above to get my Sentence Superheroes Pack.

Thanks for reading!

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Valentine's Day...It Is Not All Candy and Flowers!


A funny look at what a Valentines Day celebration really looks like in an elementary classroom. It is not all cute valentine boxes, valentines and holiday treats!

     Ok Friends! You are very lucky to be reading this post from me today! Do you know why that is? Because we had our Valentine's Day celebration in our classroom today! I am not going to lie...I was lucky to make it out alive!
     Now, if you are a fellow teacher, you are shaking your head in agreement, raising your hands in a "Praise Jesus", and taking a long swig of your evening drink. However, if you are not a teacher, or do not work in an elementary school, you may be thinking..."Come on....it was Valentine's Day! The day designated for hearts, cute babies in diapers causing nothing but love and happiness, candy, flowers, and cuddly teddy bears...WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG????

EVERYTHING PEOPLE!!!!! EVERYTHING!!!!
First of all...
Every year, without fail, Valentine's Day is DISAPPOINTING!

A funny look at what a Valentines Day celebration really looks like in an elementary classroom. It is not all cute valentine boxes, valentines and holiday treats!


The children come in with their decorated bags and boxes and their carefully chosen valentines expecting MAGICAL things to happen! Why wouldn't they? Every commercial they have seen on television shows happy people smiling and laughing. Everyone is hugging and giving and receiving fancy expensive gifts. The stores have been decorated for months...the aisles overflowing with delicious looking candies and cakes and treats! What they have seen on television is what they expect to happen when they get to school.
Music should play.
Confetti should fall from the sky.
Expensive, beautifully wrapped packages should be placed at every seat, and treats upon treats should be set up in the classrooms like the fanciest buffet you have ever seen!

CRASH! BANG! BOOM! SMASH! SCREEECH!
Welcome to what we teachers call...reality. I wish with all my heart that I could give my students all these things. I wish I could give all students EVERYWHERE all these things...HECK...I wish I could have even a few of these things...but it is reality.

Every year, without fail, Valentine's Day is STRESSFUL!

A funny look at what a Valentines Day celebration really looks like in an elementary classroom. It is not all cute valentine boxes, valentines and holiday treats!


There is always confusion...Who didn't bring a box? Who doesn't have valentines to pass out? Who brought valentines with candy attached even though the school policy strictly says no edible treats? Who brought valentines to pass out, but only eighteen, and we have twenty-four students in the class? Who needs help passing out their valentines because mom wrote the names in cursive on the cards and the child can't read them? Who needs the arm glued back onto his 3 foot tall robot valentine box because it fell off and his "mom said she doesn't want his robot ruined at school?"

Every year without fail, Valentine's Day CAUSES TEARS!

A funny look at what a Valentines Day celebration really looks like in an elementary classroom. It is not all cute valentine boxes, valentines and holiday treats!

     What could cause tears at a first grade Valentine's Day Celebration you may ask? Oh, well let me give you the short version...Teacher: "Why are you crying?"
1. (While passing out valentines) "I don't want to give away this Batman valentine. It is my favorite."
2. (While opening valentines) "Why did you give me a Barbie valentine? I don't like Barbies."
3. (While opening valentines) "This one doesn't have a name on it and now I don't know who it's  from."
4. (While opening valentines) "I don't think I got one from __________." (How they could ever  make this claim with the mess of valentines, envelopes and treats spread out in front of them I will never know!)
5. (After opening valentines) "I lost the valentine ___________ gave me." (Again...how could they even tell????)

Every year without fail, Valentine's Day leaves me thinking...

A funny look at what a Valentines Day celebration really looks like in an elementary classroom. It is not all cute valentine boxes, valentines and holiday treats!

A funny look at what a Valentines Day celebration really looks like in an elementary classroom. It is not all cute valentine boxes, valentines and holiday treats!

I can't wait to hear all about your Valentine's Day adventures this year! Leave your comments below!


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