Using exclamation marks

Learning focus

To use exclamation marks to correctly punctuate sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand exclamation marks

  • three activities

Learn

Watch this short video about exclamation marks.

Find out how to use exclamation marks.

An exclamation mark looks like this: !

You can use an exclamation mark to show you are shocked, surprised or excited. Here are some examples:

  • Stop it!
  • I had the best time ever!
  • I cannot believe my eyes!

You can also use an exclamation mark at the end of an exclamation sentence. These sentences must start with 'What' or 'How' and include a verb.

For example: What a great person you are!

Practise

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

Activity 1: Let's exclaim!

See if you can highlight where the exclamation marks should go.

Activity 2: Let's make a poster

Watch the following short video about ponds.

Pay attention to any information about being safe around ponds.

Create a poster explaining how to be safe at a pond. Make sure you include text in your poster and use exclamation marks.

For example: Stop! Do not go near the edge of the pond.

Try to:

  • make the poster eye catching with big text headings

  • use exclamation marks in your sentences

  • illustrate your poster with nice drawings

Activity 3: Let's write some sentences

Read the scenarios below, then answer the question with a phrase or sentence that needs an exclamation mark at the end.

The first one has been done for you.

  • Somebody has knocked over a glass of water and your little brother or sister is about to step in it. What could you say?

Watch out!

  • You have just won a race at school. What could you say?

  • You are eating the most delicious chocolate cake. What could you say?

  • You see your friend at the park who you have not seen for ages. What could you say?

  • You have just been given an amazing present. What could you say?

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about exclamation marks and had a go at using them in sentences.

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