2nd Grade - Commas

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Grammar
Commas
Use commas in the greeting and closure of a letter and with dates and items in a series.
Add commas in the greeting and closure of a letter. Recognize that a date includes a day, month, and year. Use a comma in dates between the day and the year. Proofread for correct usage of commas in dates. Recognize where to add commas when listing items in a series.
 
 

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Sample Problems

(1)

What punctuation mark is used in the greeting and closure of a letter?

(2)

Where is the comma placed in a date?

(3)

What is the most amount of items that can be listed without using commas?

(4)

When listing three items in a series, how many commas are used?

(5)

When listing four items in as series, how many commas are used?

Learning Tips

(1)

A comma (,) is a type of punctuation mark. It tells you to pause or take a short breath when reading. It is never used at the end of a sentence.

(2)

A comma is used to separate a series of three of more things in a row. To help your child understand this concept, have them create a list. This list can be colors in a crayon box, foods they like to eat, etc. As they write a sentence that includes a list, have them go back and add commas. Remind them that there will be one less comma as there are words in their list. For example, the sentence might read “I like the colors green, blue, yellow, red and purple.” Five colors were listed in the sentence and four commas were used.

(3)

A comma is used after the greeting in a friendly letter. Remind your child that the greeting comes after the heading in a friendly letter and tells who the letter is being written to. The greeting usually starts with the word “Dear” (Ex. Dear Fred,). Have your child make a list of people that they would write a friendly letter to. Make sure your child has put the comma in the correct place.

(4)

A comma is used after the closure in a friendly letter. Remind your child that the closure comes after the body in a friendly letter and gives a closing to the letter. The first word in the closing always begins with a capital letter and the second word always starts with a lowercase letter. The closing ends with a comma (Ex. Your friend,). Have your child make a list of different closings that can be used to end a friendly letter (Ex. Yours truly, Sincerely, etc.)

(5)

Everyday has a date. A date tells the month, the number of the day, and the year. A comma is used between the number of the day and the year. To help your child better understand this concept, have him/her use a calendar to find dates. Encourage him/her to list the dates of different holidays. Remind them that the month is listed first, then the number of the day, and finally the year (Ex. Christmas - December 25, 2008). Check to make sure that the comma was placed between the day and the year. Have your child repeat this process using different holidays.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Add a comma to the greeting to make it correct.

Dear Sam

(2)

Add a comma to the greeting to make it correct.

Dear James

(3)

Add a comma to the closure to make it correct.

Your daughter

(4)

Add a comma to the closure to make it correct.

Yours truly

(5)

Add a comma to the closure to make it correct.

Sincerely

(6)

Add a closing to the letter below.


January 15, 2008

Dear Tina,

I hope you had a great time at the picnic the other day. It was nice seeing you. Hopefully we will be able to meet up again.

___________________

Martha

(7)

Add a greeting to the letter below.


March 10, 2008

_________________

I am so excited to be going to camp next week. I am looking forward to swimming in the lake, hiking in the woods, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. I will write again as soon as I get back.

Your friend,

Sara

(8)

Add a date to the letter below.


____________________

Dear Mom,

Thank you so much for taking me to the park. I had so much fun feeding the ducks at the pond. I also loved playing on the swings. I can’t wait until I get my own swing set in the backyard.

Your son,

Mike

(9)

Add a comma to the date to make it correct.

January 15 2008

(10)

Add a comma to the date to make it correct.

March 2 1981

(11)

Add a comma to the items in the following series to make it

correct.

I like to jump hop skip and run outside.

(12)

Add a comma to the items in the following series to make it

correct.


My favorite foods are pizza fries and ice-cream.

(13)

Circle the date that is written correctly.


January 25, 2008 January, 25 2008

(14)

Circle the greeting that is written correctly.


Dear, Tim Dear Tim,

(15)

Below is a list of words. On the line below, create a sentence

that lists the words in it. Remember to use commas.


swings slide seesaw

__________________________________________________


(16)

Proofread the letter carefully. Cross out the mistakes and write it correctly above.

February14 2008,

Dear Tammy

I had so much fun at our school Valentine’s party. I liked when we made our Valentine mailboxes. I got so many letters and treats that it was hard to carry home.

Your, friend

Kim

(17)




Finish the sentence to show items in a series.


Bob and Tyler like to ______________, __________________, and ___________________.


(18)

Finish the sentence to show items in a series. Remember to

add commas when listing three or more items.


We ate ____________________________________________.


(19)

Add a date to complete the sentence.


My birthday is on ________________________________.

(20)

Think of three items that you would buy from the grocery store and write them on the line below.

________________________________________________


Using the items written above, create a sentence about going to the grocery store and list the items that you bought. Remember to use commas.

________________________________________________


(21)

Write the date correctly.

March 16 2003, ______________________

(22)

Write the greeting correctly.

,Dear Tim ______________________

(23)

Write the closure correctly.

Your, friend ______________________

(24)

Proofread the sentence. Find mistakes with commas. Rewrite it correctly on the line.


Tina bought cereal, apples, and, milk at the store.

________________________________________________


(25)

Proofread the sentence. Find mistakes with commas. Rewrite it correctly on the line.


Over summer break, we went to the lake the beach, and an amusement park.

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