Sentences: Telling or Asking?

 Grammar, Sentences, Questions, Handwriting practice, ELA K-2, ELA 1st Grade, Kindergarten




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There are lots of different types of sentences.

A telling sentence (sometimes called a declarative sentence) tells about something. These end with a period (.).

An asking sentence (sometimes called an interrogative sentence) asks something. These end with a question mark (?).

Download our Sentences: Telling or asking activity below. 

The Sentences: Telling or asking activity introduces children to the difference between telling and asking sentences. When do sentences end with a period? When do sentences end with a question mark? How can you tell the difference? This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice. 

Common Core alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.2.B Recognize and name end punctuation. 
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.1.D Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).

Telling and Asking Sentences EXAMPLE

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Telling Sentence:

This is my cat.

Asking sentence:

Where is your cat?


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In line with both the Common Core Standards (US) and the National Curriculum (UK), children are expected to develop a mastery of grammar that will help them become proficient in their use of written and oral language. 

Mastery of grammar requires an understanding of concepts such as the different parts of speech (e.g. noun, verb, adjective), the different tenses of verbs (e.g. play-played, go-went), the plural of nouns (e.g. pen-pens, box-boxes, man-men), the syntax of simple and complex sentences and questions, and the correct use of punctuation. 

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