Spin a Punctuation!

This is a great game to help writers learn and solidify their understanding of a period, question mark and exclamation point.

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Here’s how it goes!

You’ll need one magnetic spinner*.

(If you haven’t read my full post on the winner spinner, you won’t want to miss it!  It gives you a long list of game ideas that are so easy to run and super fun for the kids.  Check out the full post here.)

Draw two circles on the whiteboard.  Divide the first circle on the left into 16 sections.

At this point, you can fill the 16 spaces with specific words that you’d like your writers to work on (like the game Spelling/Vocabulary-4-11 Word ).  OR you can ask your students to give you whatever words they want (like the game Silly Sentences).

My students and I often play this game after 60 Seconds Nouns-Adjectives-Verbs  because the students like to turn the 16 letters into 16 words.

Divide the second circle into 3 equal sections.  Write a period in one section, a question mark in the 2nd section and an exclamation point in the 3rd section.

For smaller groups (up to 8) I divide the board into 4 sections.  A pair is assigned to each section.

For larger groups, or if I don’t have a classroom whiteboard, I divide the group into pairs.  I give each pair a small white board, dry erase marker and a sock to serve as an eraser.  You can purchase a class pack on Amazon*.


Two campers spin.


Then, one partner in each pair takes a turn writing a statement, question or exclamation using the word that was spun.   In order to earn a point, the sentences have to have a capital letter, spacing, correct spelling and punctuation.  Once they’ve completed their sentence, they don’t say anything.  They just hold up their white board.

I look at it.  If there is one mistake, I hold up 1 finger.  If there are 2 mistakes, 2 fingers, 3 mistakes, 3 fingers, 4 mistakes, 4 fingers.  If there are no mistakes, I give them a thumbs up and they tally a point.  If they have a mistake, they continue to correct the sentence until I give them a thumbs up.

Campers who get a thumbs up right away can continue to write more sentences, earning more points, while they wait for every camper to finish their one sentence.

Once each pair has correctly written the sentence, we move onto the next turn.

Continue playing until each pair has had a turn to spin or the allotted time runs out!

Here are the instructions for you to print out and use.

We played this game after the following writing prompts:

2019 Meet These African Americans

The Penny President-Non-Fiction

Sweet Dreams-Creative Story