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Year 5 Commas to Avoid Ambiguity Make a Match - KS2 Grammar Games

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This ‘Make a Match’ game is a fun way for pupils in Year 5 to learn how commas can provide clarity and avoid ambiguity. Pupils will match images to the correct sentence.

The KS2 resource pack includes a game that can be played as a class or in small groups and is perfect for adult led interventions to revisit key knowledge and skills.

What pupil-facing resources are included?

  • 14 Make a Match sentence/phrase cards
  • 14 Make a Match image cards

What is a comma?

A comma is a punctuation mark used to separate items within a list or to separate some phrases and clauses within a sentence.

How do they provide clarity?

Commas can be used to avoid confusion when writing, for example, by making the subject and object of a verb clear.

What are some examples of commas to avoid ambiguity

  • Let’s eat grandma! (Grandma may be eaten for dinner!)
  • Let’s eat, grandma! (We are inviting our grandma to eat with us)

How can I teach using commas to avoid ambiguity?

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should learn how to use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity.

  • Teacher notes
  • 14 sentence/phrase cards
  • 14 image cards
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