Monday, March 26, 2012

Macaroni Quotations & Chicken Wings?

I introduced the use of quotation marks to my second graders today.  They picked up on it rather quickly so I went ahead and pulled out some cards I had made for practice (even though I wasn't planning on using them until Wednesday or so!).  We ended up having a combined Language Arts/Social Studies lesson because we got to spend a little time reviewing our famous Americans while we practiced quotations.  They amazed me with all of the things they remembered from our government unit and African American studies!

Here are a few pictures of some of the sentences they created:

{By the way, sorry for the glare! We put the cards in freezer bags so that our dry-erase markers would erase more easily!}

Not too bad for a Monday, huh?  I realize the whole "said is dead" craze but I wanted to keep the format simple for my beginning quote-ers.  I did include cards with the said part at the beginning and at the end so that my kiddos would get used to putting the comma in the correct place.

You can download your own set of these cards here or by clicking the image below.  If you decide to download, I sure would appreciate some feedback.  You know I read each and every one of your comments.  :)

I'll leave you with this photo I took today during our daily enrichment time.  One of my kids checked out but before he left he made sure to leave this behind for his friend...I guess the chicken wings are the reward?  Nothing like a little motivation!


  1. This is great! I repinned it and would love to share it on my FB too. :)

  2. I teach 3rd and 4th grade, but I have some who just can't get the comma then quotation mark concept. Thanks so much for this idea, Mary.

    Renee in CA

  3. What a great idea to review famous people and quotes also!! I have several children who still struggle with quotation marks! THANK YOU!

  4. This is a great way to play with quotation marks. I will be pinning this one for sure!
    The famous American quotes might not work with my audience but I bet I can find plenty of reasons to use this idea. We are reading Charlotte's Web next term and they are also going on an excursion to the local Show. I'm sure they will have plenty of opportunities to practise direct speech.

    Thanks for sharing!

    The Learning Curve

  5. I LOVE the macaroni quotation marks! Great idea!!!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden


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