8 online games and quizzes for punctuation review

The semester was coming to an end, and I needed to give my students a punctuation review for the final exam. Worksheets felt dull, and I wanted something more individual than group games. So I turned to the Internet for ideas, and I was glad I did.

I found a variety of online games and quizzes—all great ways to put my students’ love of computer time to good use.

Here is a round-up of eight fun resources I used. Some are heavy on the game side with a storyline and graphics. Others are plain quizzes, good for those who want to get down to business. A few are somewhere in between. 

Whether you’re looking for a review for students, for your children, or even for yourself, you’ve come to the right place.

The Semicolon Wars

There’s adventure to be had on Punctuation Island, where tensions between semicolons and their neighbors (other punctuation marks) have flared. The semicolons are counting on you to help them vanquish their foes. If you properly punctuate the sentences that pop up on the screen,  you will lead them to victory.

Trapped! Punctuation Game

If you’re looking for a jam-packed review, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a light review that incorporates storytelling, fun animation, and some coordination skills, then this could be the game for you.

In this game, you’re an “Unfortunate” trying to escape from a tower. Only by answering punctuation questions correctly will you succeed. If you make a mistake, the narrator gives you a hint, so you can learn what you did wrong. (Make sure your volume is turned on so you can hear the narrator’s Scottish accent.)

There’s a website archival notice at the top of the page, but the game is still accessible. A strong Internet connection is also helpful. We had a hard time getting this one to load in the classroom, but I didn’t have any problems at home.

Commas Millionaire

In this game, you answer multiple choice questions to earn your way to a million dollars. (If only it were a real million dollars!) Be careful, though—one wrong answer, and the game is over! This game feels more like a quiz, so it’s good for more serious review. And since it’s multiple choice, you have to pay close attention to the details.

A quick word of warning: A few of the sentences have errors that weren’t put there intentionally. I caught a missing “of” and an unnecessary hyphen. As a whole, it’s not perfect, but if you’re just focusing on the commas, it’s a good review.

There’s also a version of the game with semicolons and colons.

Comma Chamelon

Don’t be fooled by the name; this game includes several different forms of punctuation. Your job here is to put the right punctuation in place so Comma Chameleon can enjoy a delicious meal of punctuation. It’s not as exciting as some of the other games, and the sentences are really easy, but it’s a good review for those learning punctuation rules for the first time.

Test Your Comma IQ

This one’s called a game, but it’s really more like a quiz—a cute quiz!  It’s associated with Lynn Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It’s quick, easy, and good for beginners.

Practice Semicolon Quiz

If you struggle with semicolons, this six-question quiz can help. You have to decide whether a semicolon is used correctly or incorrectly. You get instant feedback, which includes an explanation of the reason behind the answer.

Semicolon and Colon Quiz

This 10-question quiz is a great little practice test. It’s a basic multiple choice quiz, where you choose the sentence that’s correctly punctuated. When you score it at the end, you can see what you got right, what you got wrong, and why.

Comma, Colon, Semicolon, or Period?

This quiz is similar to the others, but it includes more punctuation types. It doesn’t explain why you got each answer right or wrong, but there is a tutorial you can do.

What’s your favorite online punctuation game/quiz? Let me know in the comments. And happy punctuating!

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