Contraction Surgery | Contraction Activities

Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
Formats Included
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100 pages
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An interactive way to teach your students about contractions. Learning about contractions with the idea of surgery will cement the idea into your student's minds. They won't forget this activity!

Included in this unit

  • Detailed step by step lesson plans
  • Contraction Doctor Booklets (Each book has 18 pages)
  • Sample table set up pictures
  • Anchor Chart Design
  • Differentiated contraction pages
  • Additional Contraction Activities
  • Contraction Games
  • Contraction Worksheets
  • Color Pages included
  • Black and White Versions of the Booklets
  • Over 100 pages (includes Black & White Copies)

How it works

You build up the excitement throughout the day, you will have a mini lesson on contractions and how a hospital and surgery works. Then the students get to finally be word surgeons and make new word and add the apostrophe.

Ask a local doctor or hospital to donate a class set of gloves and masks to really get the students excited. The students love the gloves and the masks. They will ask if they can take them home. The students become hyper-focused on their job as a surgeon and it engages the whole class.

There are additional games and activities that can be used before or on other days.

You may also be interested in my Adjective Unit. This is a great addition to be used during Daily 5, centers or as whole group learning.

If you want more information on how this may look in your classroom, make sure you check out our blog for more information and pictures.

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Special Treat Friday, Heather McKinsey

Total Pages
100 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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