If you think a semicolon helps you digest food, it’s time for you to watch this BrainPOP movie! In it, Tim and Moby introduce you to a strange-looking but very important punctuation mark. Learn how to tell the difference between the semicolon and its grammatical cousin, the colon. Discover how semicolons can be used instead of words like “and,” “but” and “or” to join two separate but related sentences. And explore some other situations in which a semicolon is a writer’s best friend, from compound sentences with long main clauses to lists of items with internal commas. Once you’re done, there won’t be anything “semi” about your semicolon knowledge!

Grammar Games Lesson Plan: The Importance of Correct Grammar in Everyday Life

Lesson Plan Summary In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. resources to explore the importance of correct grammar in real-life scenarios. Students will identify and analyze basic developmentally-appropriate grammar rules and create an ongoing review game to reinforce grammar skills for the class. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »
  • Marnie Diem

    I actually enjoyed learning about semi-colons, as I just learned how to properly use them within the past year (kinda embarrassed to admit it….!) This is thanks to the semi-colon project, which, if you’re not familiar with it, is a mental health awareness movement that has really connected with my middle schoolers. I think that could be a great connection for anyone working with older kids!