Commas for a List
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Commas for a List

Commas for a List introduces children to the basic use of commas. The National Curriculum for English and Literacy stipulates that KS1 Year 2 children learn how to use commas when writing a list. This activity will ask them to identify correct use of this punctuation.

When we write a list we use a form of punctuation called a comma. Commas look like full stops with tails. They are used to separate items like apples, bananas, plums and pears. The last two items in a list must always have the word ‘and’ in between them. Test your knowledge on how to list correctly, making sure the commas are in the right place.

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  1. We can list the things we like, separating each item with a comma. Which sentence is correct?
    Remember a comma separates items in a list. The word 'and' isn't a thing (noun) so we won't ever need a comma next to that word.
  2. Below are four different sentences but only one is correct; which one is it?
    On average, cats live for around fourteen years.
  3. Have a look at these sentences, which one is perfect?
    No matter how long the list is, we will always need to add commas. The zoo in San Diego houses over 3,700 animals.
  4. Finish this sentence: A cricket player needs...
    Cricket is a sport enjoyed by many countries but only two countries can play in The Ashes - a tournament between England and Australia that happens every other year.
  5. Which sentence is perfect?
    Bluebirds eat small fruits and hunt insects and spiders.
  6. Below is a list of words (adjectives) to describe this picture but only one list is correctly formatted; can you select the right one?
    A comma indicates when to pause. If you are ever unsure, read aloud and listen to when you are pausing and see if it makes sense.
  7. Only one sentence is correct. Which one is it?
    Don't forget, there should never be two commas next to each other and always end your sentence with a full stop.
  8. When writing, you need to add lots of description. Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
    So that you know what the fairies look like, I've added descriptive words. A descriptive word is also called an adjective. When you write, it's good to add lots of adjectives to help the reader imagine what your characters look like.
  9. We can list things we don't like. Which sentence is correct?
    Don't forget, we always need the word 'and' in between the last two words. However, if we are writing this in the format of a shopping list, with one word under the other, then you don't need to include the word 'and'.
  10. Which sentence is perfect?
    Don't forget - the difference between a full stop and a comma is that a comma has a tail on the end. The circular part of the comma should sit on the line like a full stop and its small tail should fall beneath the line.

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