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I have just discovered two great books for grammar/punctuation: Hot Fudge Monday, by Randy Larson and Caught'ya, by Jane Bell Kiester. My entire grade level will be using these books this Fall :) Hope this helps.
I just bought Mastering the Mechanics by Linda Hoyt. I saw the 4-5 grade edition at Barnes and Noble and it looked good. I came home and found a 2-3 grade edition from an Amazon reseller for $5.25 plus shipping. Much lower than at B&N. I know that conventions are best taught through real writing but this book had some interesting activities in it. It will also be a great resource to enhance our grammar workbook.
I am a new member! I taught 6th grade for 21 years, and know the need to teach students acceptable use of conventions. Seems like you have a great assortments of books that you can use for calling attention to punctuation. In terms of a quick review and informal assessments: What do your state standards expect for student knowledge and application of punctuation after completing grade 3? From your teaching experience, what are the kinds of punctuation needs you notice for many of your kids? These may actually differ from your state standards-as kids often naturally try out more sophisticated kinds of punctuation.
You've got the books... now, I suggest bringing in small pieces of your writing with punctuation (that you want to emphasize) omitted. If you have a SmartBoard, or overhead projector helpful to project where students can visually see. Students understand the need for correct punctuation-helps guide the reader through the writing. After reading the piece aloud without regard for punctuation, you and your students work through adding what is needed. Important not to overwhelm with too much, but enough for students to begin to feel successful. Am hopeful this was helpful.