Commas in Addresses


With our Commas in Addresses lesson plan, students learn the correct way to write addresses with commas. They will practice writing both their own addresses and the addresses of businesses and friends.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students write a letter to another student in the class, using the school’s address and their own home address.

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What our Commas in Addresses lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Commas in Addresses teaches students the proper ways to use commas when writing addresses. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are glue, paper, scissors, and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can pair students for the activity, gather the supplies, and copy the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional adjustment to the lesson activity is to have students write addresses on a separate piece of paper rather than cutting them out. For an additional activity, you could have students write a letter to another student in the class, using the school’s address and their own home address. You could also use this lesson to help students learn some U.S. capitals. Finally, students could create their own address books with the addresses of their fellow students and community businesses. 

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that you can teach this lesson in conjunction with others, such as a lesson on commas related to a direct address or other lessons related to commas. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Addresses and Commas

The Commas in Addresses lesson plan includes one page of content. The lesson begins with an example of an incorrectly written address, with the whole address written on one line and with no punctuation. When written on an envelope, you separate addresses into three lines: the first has the name, the second has the street address, and the third has the city, state, and zip code. You have to use a comma in between the city and state when you write them as part of an address, both on an envelope and in a sentence.

The lesson includes an example of how to write an address correctly on an envelope, with a comma between the city and state and information written on different lines. You do not include a comma after the state and before the zip code, or between lines. However, sometimes you must use an additional comma if the address includes an apartment number or you’re addressing the letter to multiple people. You can either write the full name for the state or just the abbreviation. Either way, you must include a comma after the city and before the state.

To write an address as a part of a sentence, you must include additional commas. You include commas between the street name and city, and between the city and state. You must also include a comma after the zip code (or state, if there is no zip code), before the rest of the sentence.


The Commas in Addresses lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will work in pairs to complete this activity worksheet. They will first cut out the address parts and zip codes. They will then create addresses using the fragments and glue them on to a paper. Next, they will write in the names and commas where necessary. They must also make sure to correctly pair cities and states.

Students may work either alone or in larger groups for this activity if you’d prefer.


The practice worksheet asks students to complete two short exercises. The first asks them to correctly add commas to address where needed. The second asks them to correctly add commas where needed in a given paragraph.


For the homework assignment, students will write a letter to a friend. They will write the letter and address a fake envelope with both their address and their friend’s address. They must also include two additional addresses in the body of the letter itself.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. The answer key for the homework assignment is blank because students’ letters and addresses will vary. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


3rd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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Very organized and easy to use lesson.

I teach Virtually and this lesson provided great practice to my kiddos. Thank you so much it saved me so much time and I wouldn't add or take away anthing from the lesson.