Use Commas in Addresses Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: L.3.2.B
When we want to send a letter in the physical mail (not email) to a friend, relative, or colleague there are several items we must include to insure that the letter will find its way. We write our address in the left hand corner and the address of where we want the item to go in the dead center of the envelope. Each address follows in the order the recipient's name on the top line, the street address on the middle line and the city, state, and zip code on the bottom line. These worksheets will help students understand where the commas fit in all of these.
Commas in Addresses Worksheets:
Help Rufus with Addresses - It is tough for dogs to use proper English. This little pup has a lot of friends across the country, isn't it obvious?
A Canoe Trip - Which paddle sums it all up? I would recommend you say them aloud to hear where the pauses belong.
Post Cards from Abroad - Address these postcards to send out in the mail. Make sure to use the name and address under each
Sending Gifts - Does the postcard deserve a stamp? Review the following addresses. If the envelope is
addressed correctly place an “x” in the stamp box.
Penguin Fun - Color the cube of ice if the address is written correctly. The ice cubes are found to the right.
Writing Addresses Practice - Unscramble the address and rewrite it on the line correctly. Note that there are two lines within each box.
Peanut Addresses - Cut and paste a peanut by each of the addresses. If the address is "correct" paste a peanut with a "c" on it by the address.
Tropical Addresses - Match the pictures and write the city and state correctly on the line. You can feel free to look these up, if you are not familiar with these relatively famous vacation areas.
Singing the Blues - Color the music notes if the addresses are written incorrectly. The notes are found to the forward right of each of the addresses.
Racing Across America - Place an "X" in the box if everything pans out for you and you are pretty sure they are ready to sent in the mail.
Delicious Addresses - Cut and paste a cherry on top of the ice cream cone if the address
is written incorrectly.
Traveling Route 66 - Color the Route 66 sign if the address is written incorrectly. This is the famous mid-west interstate highway that stretches pretty far across the United States.
Farming Addresses - Underline the city and state, cross out any comma that is wrong, and add a comma where one is needed.
How to Use Commas in Addresses?
A comma may be tiny, but its placement in writing can change the entire meaning. Being a writer, you must know the correct use of a comma. Otherwise, your readers end up in a never-ending state of confusion. Also, bad use of commas and other punctuations indicate a serious lack of effort and carelessness by the author. Commas play a significant role in addresses as well. There are certain comma usage rules which you should remember while writing down an address.
Address in a Single Sentence
If you write an address in a single sentence, then make sure you separate each part of it using commas. Study the examples below for a clear understanding.
Example 1: 5260 W Touhy Avenue Chicago Illinois
The content of the address must be right, but the way it is written is a bit hard to discern. This is because none of the parts from house number to city are divided with a simple use of comma.
Example 2: 5260 W Touhy Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
The existence of comma here has made a huge difference. Not only does it look good, but it has also becomes very easy to understand the address.
Addresses without Street and House Number
Some addresses only consist of city and state. There is not even the slightest mention of the street or house number. The examples below depict the importance of commas in such cases.
Example 1: Chicago Illinois
The information here is totally correct, but a little comma could have made a great impact. Also, it can be confusing for those who have little knowledge about the stated country. Is Chicago Illinois the full name of a country or a city? Or are these two separate parts? Only a comma can eliminate the chances of confusion here.
Example 2: Chicago, Illinois
Adding a comma has made it clear that these two are separate parts. It's now easy to figure that the first part mentions the city and the second one states the state.
In a nutshell, always divide the parts in an address using commas.