By third grade, your child will already be comfortable using a range of basic punctuation. This will typically include the period, question mark, exclamation mark, and the comma. Looking for a recap? Visit our first grade and second grade punctuation pages!
In third grade, learners will have to correctly apply punctuation rules as they write, and they'll learn how to use their new skills to add dialogue and plural possessive pronouns into their stories!
Quotation marks are used at the beginning and end of spoken words.
“Why do giraffes have long necks?” said the giraffe.
- Words spoken by the character. Dialogue tags identify the speaker.
Your third grader can learn how to write dialogue with the lesson Igloo City Mystery, from the lesson series Wonderful Words With Will. Available now on Nightzookeeper.com!
Dialogue Tags Before Dialogue
The giraffe asked, “Why do giraffes have long necks?”
-Use a comma after the dialogue tag.
Dialogue Tags in the Middle of Dialogue
Use a comma before the dialogue tag INSIDE the quotation marks.
“So you can reach the leaves in the trees,” Will answered, “right?”
- Use a comma after the dialogue tag.
Apostrophes are punctuation marks that are used to show belonging. When they are used in this way, they are named possessives.
When the noun is singular it is just one person or thing. Will is a singular noun.
To show the hat belongs to Will, we add ‘s .
- Will’s hat
Your third grader can learn about apostrophes for possession by matching the belongings to the correct person in a fun game like this one below.
Some plural nouns end with the letter s. Plural means more than one. When a plural noun ends with s, we add an apostrophe after the s to form a plural possessive.
To show the school belongs to ALL of the kids, we add an apostrophe after the s.
- the kids’ school
Challenge your third grader to spot which word is missing the possessive apostrophe in this sentence:
- The lizards tongues flicked all at once.
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