Understanding Apostrophes

In 4KM and 4KJ we have been learning about apostrophes.

An apostrophe is a type of punctuation.

apostrophe

On a keyboard, you can usually find an apostrophe to the left of enter.

keyboard apostrophe

Apostrophes can be confusing. Here are some tips that might help.

Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t know how to use apostrophes correctly. In an effort to teach the community about correct apostrophe use, 4KM and 4KJ students created some posters using Kerpoof. They chose one of the apostrophe rules to demonstrate in their poster.

Check out our work…

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Did our tips help you learn about apostrophes?

Can you make up a sentence to demonstrate your understanding of one of the apostrophe rules?

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12 thoughts on “Understanding Apostrophes

  1. Hi 4KM and 4KJ,

    Great blog post!

    Thanks Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan for teaching us more about apostrophes in class. Know I get how to use them properly. I love using apostrophes in my writing but they can be pretty tricky to work out where it goes.

    Lets start with the questions.
    Q. Did our tips help you learn about apostrophes?
    A. Your tips helped me a lot with apostrophes so thanks!

    Q.Can you make up a sentence to demonstrate your understanding of one of the apostrophe rules?
    A. Of course I can. It will be about plurals.

    Correct
    The HORSES grazed in their paddocks all day.

    Incorrect
    The HORSE’S grazed in their paddocks all day.

    Do you agree if I have done that right?

    Great post again!

    Got 2 Gallop,
    Ava

  2. Hello 4KJ and 4KM,

    Learn’ing how to us’e apos’trophe’s correct’ly is’ a good idea. S’ome people have trouble and so’me do’not. Avas example’s are’ very good.

    Wait, that doesn’t look correct. I’ve used apostrophes incorrectly. Let’s try again…

    Learning how to use apostrophes correctly is a good idea. Some people have trouble and some don’t. Ava’s examples are very good.

    The correct use had only one apostrophe of contraction in don’t when two words were shortened. It also had one apostrophe of possession in Ava’s to show Ava owned her examples.

    I wonder what other examples people will share?

    Have a wonderful holiday break everyone. 🙂

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Hi Ross Mannell,

      Great blog comment!

      I think you’re right your first paragraph doesn’t look right so lucky you re-wrote that.

      I wonder what other people would share too?

      Like I said in my earlier comment that apostrophes are so much fun to learn about!

      Thanks again for your comment Ross! :mrgreen:

      Got 2 gallop,
      Ava

    • Hello Ava,

      It is fun to try to make up sentences full of errors as long as we know how to correct them 🙂

      Ross Mannell

      • Hi Ross,

        Thanks for the reply!

        It’s very fun to make up sentences with errors and as long as you know how to correct them.

        Got 2 Gallop,
        Ava

  3. Dear 4KM and 4JK,
    We really enjoyed learning about apostrophes from your post and we loved the way you used Kerpoof to make your punctuation posters. Most of us have never used Kerpoof before, but it sure looks like fun.
    We have a great book called “Punctuation takes a Vacation” by Robin Pulver. Have you ever read it?
    Do you have any books about punctuation that you can recommend?
    We look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs Bates and 3LB

    • Hi Mrs Bates,

      My name is Ava. I’m in the class 4KJ, and thanks for the comment too.

      Thanks, I agree heaps of kids did a great job with their posters. You should try out Kerpoof if you haven’t tried it before. It’s really fun!

      “Punctuation takes a Vacation” sounds great and most of us haven’t heard of it before but we all want to read it. My teacher, Miss Jordan and I will lookout for any punctuation books but at the moment we don’t really know one, except “Punctuation that takes a Vacation” what you told us.

      Thanks again for the comment Mrs Bates and your students!

      Kind Regards,
      Ava :mrgreen:

  4. Hi 4KM and 4KJ,

    I enjoyed learning about how to use apostrophes correctly.I enjoyed the lesson when we got to use the kerpoof tool to make out own apostrophe posters.
    Now on to the questions.
    Question 1.
    The apostrophe tips really did help me learn more about apostrophes then I did before.I didn’t know about the contractions until our apostrophe lesson.

    Incorrect
    The Elephant’s ran across the sand.
    Correct
    The Elephants ran across the sand.

    From your blogging friend,
    Eden 🙂 🙂 🙂 :mrgreen:

  5. Hi 4KM and 4KJ,
    I showed my mum my Kerpoof. I think that I understand apostrophes much better now. Something I learnt about apostrophes was that you have to put an apostrophe before the s when something belongs to someone.

    From now on I will use apostrophes correctly because sometimes I put apostrophes in the wrong place.

    Your classmate,
    Anneliese

    • Hi Annie,

      Great comment on the blog even though you are away. I think that it is great to hear you have now learnt how to use apostrophes.

      I know them as well and I am very happy because they are great things to know and I have had fun.

      I am so glad to see you on the blog so keep up the great blog comments and your posts because I am sure they are great as well.

      Thank you so much again for the comment and keep it up because I am impressed about it.

      Have fun and I hope you are back at school tomorrow for another great day of learning ❗

      From Liv 😆 ♥

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