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  Questions and exclamations
Updated 22 January 2002, 13.20
Blond hedgehog
Sort out the questions from the exclamations!

Learning aims
  • Learn the function of question marks and exclamation marks
  • Use them accurately in their own writing
Introduction
Most sentences end in full stops but there are times when a writer needs to use a question mark or an exclamation mark.

Can the class say why these would be used?

A question mark comes at the end of a question.

  • "What are you doing?" asked Tim.

An exclamation mark can be used when someone is excited or shouting or if they are saying something that's strange or surprising.

  • "I've just seen a flying pig!" exclaimed Shelley.

Read through with the class the story Rare blond hedgehog rescued.

Ask what the role of the exclamation marks are in this text.

Main activity
Children decide whether an exclamation or a question mark should be added to the end of these sentences.

  • What is that
  • The building is collapsing
  • Put that down before I get mad
  • Oh no, I've forgotten
  • Is the bus going to be late
  • What time is it
  • Good heavens
  • This chocolate tastes disgusting
  • Leave him alone
  • Can I have toast for breakfast

Extension activity

Fact File
Questions or exclamations?
wonder
implore
sob
scream
demand
cry
ask
cheer
plead
shout
enquire
yell
beg
roar
request

Children sort the words from the box into those that can be used with exclamations and those that can be used with questions.

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points and go through the class' answers, clarifying where necessary.


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