3rd Grade Lesson Plans for Capitalization

Here are two 3rd grade lesson plans for capitalization. They will cover the rules for capitalizing names, titles, days and months, places, "I," the first word in a sentence, buildings, directions, family names, historic events and documents, and organizations.

3rd Grade Lesson Plan: Capitalization

The first of the 3rd grade lesson plans for capitalization will be a review lesson. It will cover names, titles, "I," the first word in a sentence, days and months, and places.

Review Lesson

INTRODUCTION: Names of things are not capitalized, but names of specific things are. Examples: Days and months are always capitalized, as well as the first word in a sentence.

Write these sentences on the board:

  • I went to the park.

  • I went to Yellowstone Park.

  • He is our president.

  • He is President Lincoln.

  • Then correct these sentences as a group:

  • on monday, i read sarah, plain and tall. Point out that the "and" is not capitalized.

  • i ski in aspen, colorado in december.

Capitalization Games for 3rd Graders

A. INSTRUCTIONS: Count how many words in each sentence need a capital letter and put that number in the blank.

  1. _____ yesterday, i went to seaworld.

  2. _____ terry and karen will be here in july.

  3. _____ The statue of liberty is huge.

  4. _____ last friday, we saw the movie avatar.

  5. _____ I don't understand French.

  6. _____ my favorite author is R. L. Stine.

  7. _____ Do you like Charlotte's web?

  8. _____ robin williams is funny.

  9. _____ my Wii is broken.

  10. ____ The pacific ocean borders california.

B. INSTRUCTIONS: Circle the words that need a capital letter. Hint: there are 20.

i love to travel. last june, i went to arizona and saw the grand canyon. then, i drove to new mexico to visit carlsbad caverns. someday, i want to go to europe and see the eiffel tower in paris, france.

C. INSTRUCTIONS: Write each sentence correctly.

  1. there goes our principal, mr. thomas.

  2. did you enjoy the colorado river?

  3. harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban is my favorite book.

  4. you can see the comet on wednesday, february the 16th.

  5. sometimes, i play super mario brothers on my nintendo

Answers

A.

  1. 3

  2. 3

  3. 2

  4. 3

  5. 0

  6. 1

  7. 1

  8. 2

  9. 1

  10. 3

B. I love to travel. Last June, I went to Arizona and saw the Grand Canyon. Then, I drove to New Mexico to visit Carlsbad Caverns. Someday, I want to go to Europe and see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

C.

  1. There goes our principal, Mr. Thomas.

  2. Did you enjoy the Colorado River?

  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book.

  4. You can see the comet on Wednesday, February the 16th.

  5. Sometimes, I play Super Mario Brothers on my Nintendo.

The next lesson plan of the 3rd grade lesson plans for capitalization will cover buildings, directions, historic events and documents, family names, and organizations.

Capitalization Lesson

INTRODUCTION: The names of buildings and organizations are capitalized, like (write on board)

White House

Girl Scouts of America.

Directions can be capitalized if they refer to a place, like the Southwest. Usually, a "the" comes before it. Historic events and documents are capitalized, like the French Revolution or the Magna Carta. You capitalize a family name when using it as the person's name.

Example: My mom is so sweet. Mom, you are so sweet.

Worksheet

A: INSTRUCTIONS: Put a C in front of the sentences that use the proper capitalization.

  1. _____ My dad is taking me to see the Empire State Building.

  2. _____ The declaration of Independence is an important document.

  3. _____ The longest river in North America is the Mississippi River.

  4. _____ I live in the Pacific northwest.

  5. _____ The International red cross is a humanitarian organization.

B. INSTRUCTIONS: Write the following sentences correctly.

  1. my mom works at the united nations.

  2. the state of florida is in the southeast.

  3. the american civil war started in april of 1861.

  4. to govern ourselves, we wrote the declaration of independence.

  5. the lincoln memorial was built to honor a great persident.

C. INSTRUCTIONS: Circle the words that should be capitalized. There are 35.

my name is sally and i just moved to denver, colorado. on saturday, i visited the denver public library. they had so many books, like where the wild things are and horton hears a who. to get a library card, I had to tell them i live at 258 park avenue. i checked out five books and the dvd madeline. after that, my mom took me to sonic. next week, mom and i are going to the denver art museum and the children's museum of denver.

Answers

A. 1 and 3 are correct

B.

  1. My mom works at the United Nations.

  2. The state of Florida is in the Southeast.

  3. The American Civil War started in April of 1861.

  4. To govern ourselves, we wrote the Declaration of Independence.

  5. The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor a great president.

C. My name is Sally and I just moved to Denver, Colorado. On Saturday, I visited the Denver Public Library. They had so many books, like Where the Wild Things Are and Horton Hears a Who. To get a library card, I had to tell them I live at 258 Park Avenue. I checked out five books and the DVD Madeline. After that, my mom took me to Sonic. Next week, Mom and I are going to the Denver Art Museum and the Children's Museum of Denver.

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