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Commas to Avoid Ambiguity – Year 5 Make a Match Game

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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 you can play as a class or in small groups. It’s also perfect for adult-led interventions to revisit key knowledge and skills.

Once you’ve created the resource you can use it time and time again to rehearse this skill.

What pupil-facing resources are inside?

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

How to use the cards

Game 1: Pupils can match the sentences to the image cards, thinking about how commas change the meaning of the sentences.
Game 2: Distribute the cards and play snap. Pupils can shout snap if they place a matching sentence and image card one after the other.
CHALLENGE: Can pupils create their own sentences demonstrating when you need commas to provide clarity and avoid confusion? They can use the sentence cards as a scaffold.

What is a comma?

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

How do they provide clarity?

We can use commas to prevent confusion when writing, for example, by making the subject and object of a verb clear.

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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