How to use commas in a list

Learning focus

Learn how to correctly use commas in lists when writing statements.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about writing statements and a video explaining how to use commas in lists

  • four activities


Watch the video below to find out about statement sentences.

See if you can spot all the different statement sentences in the video

Now watch this next video to find out about using commas in lists.

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You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

See if you can complete this quick activity below.

Activity 2

Watch this short video about Antarctica and then try writing some statements about it.

You can make notes whilst the video is playing to help you

Write four statement sentences about Antarctica from the video.

Here is an example.

During the summer in Antarctica the sun never sets.

Activity 3

These list sentences about Antarctica have not been punctuated properly. Write out each sentence adding in the missing punctuation.

  1. In Antarctica there is lots of snow ice and water.

  2. The snow is white cold and beautiful.

  3. I watched the penguins as they wobbled walked squawked and cuddled together.

Check your answers using this answer sheet.

Activity 4

Imagine you've been to Antarctica. Write a postcard explaining what it was like there.

  • Decide who you're writing the postcard to. It could be someone in your family, a friend or even your school teacher.
  • Make sure all your sentences include a capital letter at the start and some punctuation at the end.
  • Include at least four statement sentences about Antarctica.
  • Include at least three list sentences in your postcard.
  • Remember to finish your postcard with an ending like 'lots of love' or 'from'.

Where next?

In this lesson you have used commas in lists and written some statement sentences. You have also created a postcard from Antarctica.

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