Free Printables Offer Students Practice With Capital Letters

Printables let student practice uppercase letters

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Young students often have difficulty with capital letters. Explain to them that they need to use capital letters—also called uppercase letters—for proper names, such as their first and last names, the name of their school, a specific place, and even a pet, as well as at the beginning of a sentence.

The following printables give students the chance to learn when to use capital letters. Each printable includes 10 sentences that contain capitalization errors, such as the first letter of a sentence in lowercase (when it should be capitalized), as well as proper nouns starting with lowercase letters. If students are struggling with the rules for using uppercase letters, review the guidelines for capitalization before handing out these worksheets.

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Capital Letters Worksheet Number 1

Uppercase Letters Worksheet 1. S. Watson

Print the PDF: Capital Letters Worksheet No. 1

Even if you are not doing a full review before you have students correct capitalization errors on this worksheet, go over the basic rules that explain when to use uppercase letters:

  • Capitalize the first word in a sentence.
  • Capitalize the pronoun I.
  • Capitalize proper nouns and most adjectives formed from proper nouns.

Then hand out this worksheet, which allows students to show if they understand the rules for capitalization by correcting errors in sentences such as: "my pet dog sam plays with tabby my kitten." and "my uncle tom drove to toronto in 2 days last monday."

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Capital Letters Worksheet Number 2

Uppercase Letters Worksheet 2. S. Watson

Print the PDF: Capital Letters Worksheet No. 2

On this worksheet, students correct capitalization errors on sentences such as: "pete and i was the movie dinosaur on sunday." and "the next olympic games are in 2012 and they are going to be held in london." If students are having difficulty, use these sentences to review the rules for capitalization. Explain that in the first sentence, the word "Pete," has to begin with an uppercase letter because it starts and sentence and because it is a proper noun: It names a specific character in a movie. The letter "I" needs to be capitalized, both because it is the pronoun "I" and because it is part of the title of a movie.

The second sentence includes a term that might confuse students considering whether to capitalize it: "Olympic Games." Explain that while "games," by itself, is just a common noun (referring to any games), in the term "Olympic Games," both the "O" in "Olympic" and the "G" in "Games" must be capitalized, because the two words together refer to a specific event.

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Capital Letters Worksheet No 3

Uppercase Letters Worksheet 3. S. Watson

Print the PDF: Capital Letters Worksheet No. 3

On this worksheet, students will correct sentences such as: "my family wants to go to disneyland in florida for our next vacation." This sentence provides a perfect opportunity to review several capitalization rules with students: The "D" in "Disneyland" must be uppercase because Disneyland is a specific place; the "F" in "Florida" must be capitalized because Florida is the name of a specific state, and the "M" in "My" has to be uppercase because it starts a sentence. Rather than just telling the students the answers, write the sentence on the board and see if they can tell you which letters need to be uppercase.

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Capital Letters Worksheet No. 4

Uppercase Letters Worksheet 4. S.Watson

Print the PDF: Capital Letters Worksheet No. 4

This worksheet offers more challenging sentences that force students to analyze which letters actually need to be capitalized, such as: "i went on the maid of the mist boat when i visited niagara falls." Hopefully, after their practice on the previous printables, students will know that the "I" must be capitalized in each case because it is the pronoun "I" and the "N" in "Niagara" must be uppercase because the word names a specific place.

However, in the term, "Maid of the Mist," only the "M" needs to be uppercase in "Maid" and "Mist" because smaller words, like "of" and "the" generally are not capitalized, even in a proper noun, such as the name of this boat. This idea can challenge even adults who are proficient in grammar, so plan to review and practice capitalization throughout the year.