Contraction Penguins are activities for contractions with is and are. I think the penguins are colorful. Children seem to like the penguins, so as soon as possible, I began letting children work with the penguins. I did include one worksheet that I used from a review, which would explain the runner, rather than a penguin.
I used the proofreading worksheet to a quick assessment, but you could use any of the worksheets for that purpose.
These activities are appropriate for grades 1 and 2.
Common Core Standards are:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2c Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
As I was combining all of my activities, I began thinking about starting Common Core Standards and about teachers in other states who are not using them, so I did a little research. I added a page for other standards. I put standards for Texas, Nebraska, and Virginia.
Included in this packet are 15 pages. There is a title page, 2 standards pages, 1 direction page, 1 for assembly, 12 penguins (3 on each page), and 5 worksheets, and an answer key.
It is important that when you cut out the penguins, you cut off the boots. Then snip each pair of boots apart. That way kids can match the contractions with the body of the penguins.
Hint: Make sure your children remember to count 12 penguins and 24 boots when they put the game away. I have had to replace some boots because I failed to remind children to make sure they put all pieces away.
I hope you enjoy these activities.