I just tried a new lesson to teach punctuation to my 1st graders that they loved. I thought I would share it. You give each child a piece of Kix cereal (this is the period), 1 elbow maccaroni noodle (to use with the Kix cereal to make a question mark), and 1 mini penne noodle (to use with the Kix cereal to make an exclamation mark). Teacher &/or students read aloud sentences and place on their desk the appropriate punctuation. I let my kids eat the "periods" when we were finished. This was a lot of fun and the kids did really well.