ALFIE THE APOSTROPHE PDF
Alfie the Apostrophe is nervous. Can he make it into the punctuation-mark talent show? There’s plenty of competition. Question marks tell riddles;. written by Moira Rose Donohue illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi. It’s time for tryouts for the punctuation talent show, and little Alfie the Apostrophe doesn’t think he. Alfie the Apostrophe is eating dinner the evening before the punctuation talent show and he is not a happy punctuation mark. How can he compete with the.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Alfie the Apostrophe is nervous. Can he make it into the punctuation-mark talent show? There’s plenty of competition, but it looks as if the director, Bud Asterisk, has mistaken Alfie for a comma. Will all of Alfie’s practice pay off? Hardcover32 pages.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Alfie the Apostropheplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 22, Mandy Robek rated it really liked it Shelves: This book gave a great visual for understanding how an apostrophe is used to omit letters in contractions.
My students really enjoyed the storyline of being nervous and trying something uncomfortable. Sep 21, ConnieLettow rated it really liked it Shelves: Cute story about punctuation marks having a talent show.
Alfie the Apostrophe
Alfie practices all summer and wins the show. Apr 03, Lauren Innes rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s time for the annual punctuation talent show, and Alfie the Apostrophe is feeling anything but exclamatory, and actually quite questionable about whether or not he can pull off his act, which he’s convinced won’t even begin to compare to the exclamation point cheerleaders or the question mark pun stars.
After some internal struggle in regards to his ability to contract his skills and possess his performance, Alfie manages to top all the other punctuation and steal the show, as well as make It’s time for the annual punctuation talent show, and Alfie the Apostrophe is feeling anything but exclamatory, and actually quite questionable about whether or not he can pull off his act, which he’s convinced won’t even begin to compare to the exclamation point cheerleaders or the question mark pun stars.
After some internal struggle in regards to his ability to contract his skills and possess his performance, Alfie manages to top all the other punctuation and steal the show, as well as make some English convention magic tricks along the way. In the end, readers are left applauding for Alfie’s audacity and astounded at all they have indirectly learned about the various roles of punctuation marks, from hyphens to periods.
The book’s simplicity combined with its candid illustrations undoubtedly go a long way in holding onto reader interest. While suitable for the primary grades in terms of vocabulary and comprehension, the content also addresses some more complicated language conventions concepts, which would be of value to the upper elementary grades as well.
For example, the book demonstrates both ways in which apostrophes are utilized, to show possession and to compose contractions. Additionally, it provides a quick, yet thorough review of some other punctuation roles, such as exclamation marks for phrases of excitement and commas for significant pauses during language phrases. Moreover, the story addresses the similarities of commas and apostrophes in terms of appearance, which could emerge as a potential problem area for some students.
Furthermore, there are plenty of instances of apostrophe usage throughout the text, which gives way to built-in practice with apostrophe identification and usage deciphering. Conclusively, Alfie the Apostrophe is a lighthearted story of a little apostrophe who’s bursting with some inner talent and just can’t wait to share it with his fellow punctuation pals, as well as the rest of us who are just tuning in in time for his amateur magician’s debut.
Obviously, this books directly correlates to the language arts subject in terms of addressing the various punctuation marks. From this book, students could be introduced to the various roles of punctuation marks, or the book could be presented and utilized as a review. Post-reading,students could be prompted to identify the various punctuation characters that are introduced in the story, as well as describe why each character’s role in their talent show performance was fitting to him or her in terms of the real role the mark plays in sentence composition and writing.
As a potential extension activity, students could be facilitated to compose a short story that includes some of the punctuation marks that were integrated into the book. Something else that could be done to connect this book to the classroom could be to have students work cooperatively in groups to create new acts for the punctuation talent show that differ from those in the book, but still reflect the punctuation marks that were originally in the show, while also representing the punctuation marks appropriately and informatively.
Students could then perform their revised punctuation acts to their apoatrophe classmates. While this activity would reinforce the story’s plot and also the language conventions that were indirectly addressed, it would also give students the chance to tap into their creativity, exercise their bodily-kinesthetic modality, and practice their teamwork skills.
Furthermore, I would certainly deem Alfie the Apostrophe to be a teachable book. While the concepts addressed may not necessarily be able to be fully broken down and narrowed in on in the primary grades, it could definitely be expanded and elaborated on in an upper elementary classroom. Whether serving as an introductory hook or a review read, the book apostrolhe what is necessary to serve its academic purpose while also demonstrates a sweet fictional tale of a personified apostrophe who is still trying to find himself and what he stands for, something elementary students from kindergarten through sixth would indubitably enjoy.
Aug 21, Kellee Hao rated it really liked it Shelves: Alfie the Apostrophe demonstrates ways to encourage students to not be afraid of a competition and think better of themselves. Not only that it shows ways of how fear can be conquered, doubts can be overturned, but it also teaches lessons on punctuation! Along from learning about apostrophes, other puncation marks are included.
This is a great start off book for students to read when they are being confused and are struggling about punctuations marks. This gives me an idea of incorporating fun a Alfie the Apostrophe aflie ways to encourage students to not be afraid of a competition and think better of themselves.
This gives me an idea of incorporating fun activities while educating students about punctuation marks, whether it be a show and tell or a competition. It is not only during apostdophe that students learn and see punctuation marks, but even in a daily use that students incorporate it as well!
Mar 17, Rebecca Murphy rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this may be useful in teaching about possessive nouns, but this subject is not addressed until the end of the book. It would be more appropriate to use this to introduce contractions; however, the focus does not seem to be teaching how to properly use apostrophes, so I would likely use this with children who already have a foundation of knowledge on the topic, but it’s a “Alfie the Apostrophe” is cute read with a lesson about the many different talents each of us has as an individual.
It would be more appropriate to use this to introduce contractions; however, the focus does not seem to be teaching how to properly use apostrophes, so I would likely use this with children who already have a foundation of knowledge on the topic, but it’s a cute and fun story to enjoy at this point in understanding.
What a great way to help kids with punctuation! Alostrophe story is clever, each punctuation mark character is true to their personality, and kids get a chance to see them in action. It was nice to have some history to the origins of the name, too.
I would like to have seen an appendix with a set of common words for kids to see, maybe with some hints to help kids remember. To read our full review complete with the kids’ opinions! Jan 18, Hope Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was a great way to help children explore the different types of punctuation.
Each punctuation mark has a chance to “perform” and explain their purpose. If children are having difficulty with punctuation this book would be a great book to read and make learning about the different punctuation marks a fun experience, while still helping them understand.
This book could also be acted out, allowing each child to chose a punctuation mark to explain to the rest of the class what they do. Mar 23, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a wonderful teaching tool to teach about the job of apostrophes and other punctuation marks.
It teaches why apostrophes are necessary and how they can be used in multiply ways. It also emphasizes that commas and apostrophes are different.
This is a delightful short story that is sure to help any child enjoy learning about English. Feb 13, Nancy rated it liked it. I used this book on a lesson about contractions. In the book, Alfie is nervous because he doesn’t think he will do well at the talent show.
He is having a hard time with one of his tricks. Alfie steals the show with his magic tricks- making contractions and possessives. The kids seemed to enjoyed this book a lot. Probably more than I did! Mar 10, Kelli Dana added it Shelves: Sep 15, Caroline Petty rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an entertaining book that uses legitimate information about what an apostrophe is along with other types of punctuation.
By creating a character out of the apostrophe, the reader is able to learn about punctuation while also having fun as the doubt Alfie feels about his talent show abilities is something that many children can relate to.
Nov 21, Katie Hibbard rated it really liked it. This is a very cute aopstrophe educational book for children, and would also be a great tool in the classroom. Not only does it teach them how to use apostrophes and other punctuation marks; it also teaches them the moral of being confident and being proud of what makes them different from anyone else. Any child who is either learning about or confused about apostrophes should read this book. Sep 13, Shira Burns rated it really liked it Shelves: Aostrophe book is a must have for classrooms.
It can be used in the classroom to put punctuation into perspective for apostropbe readers by making the punctuation marks characters that demonstrate their meaning through a school performance. Even though this book focuses in on the use of the apostrophe, it also speaks on other punctuation marks. Feb 24, Jacqueline rated it it apostgophe amazing. Alfie the Apostrophe by Moira Rose Donohue is a charming and clever way to teach tje the importance of the apostrophe.
I highly recommend this book to teachers everywhere. Your students will love it! Mar 17, Ashley Lewis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Who knew learning about apostrophes could be fun?
This book tells a cute little story while teaching children the role of an apostrophe I think this would be a great book for children because apostrophes can sometimes be confusing. This book is really clever and a fun way to learn. Nov 15, Beckie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Magic and theatre, in a punctuation picture book.