Period, Question Mark or Exclamation Mark

In grade 1, students learn to distinguish between the use of a period, a question mark or an exclamation mark.

By this time they’ve learned the purpose of punctuation: to show how sentences should be read and to make the meaning of writing clear to the reader.

So what is the difference between periods, question marks and exclamation marks?

The period

A period is a punctuation symbol used to end most sentences.

For example:

I have a new toy.

The question mark

The question mark is a punctuation mark that indicates a question.

For example:

Where did you hide the toy?

The exclamation mark

The exclamation mark shows a statement’s emotion or intensity.

For example:

I found the toy!

Grade 1 worksheets to select period, question mark or exclamation mark

In these grammar worksheets, students have to work out if each sentence is a period, question or exclamation based on the symbols used in each sentence.

Grade 1 punctuation worksheets