Contraction Surgery | Contraction Activities

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Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
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65 pages
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This is one of the best ways to teach contractions! My students were all highly engaged and had fun while learning! I plan to use this resource every year in my classroom.
This resource was just what I was looking for when I did a room transformation to teach contractions. I used this lesson for my evaluation and everything was perfect. Super engaging!


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 Booklet (You can differentiate to meet your class needs)
  • Sample table set up pictures
  • Surgery Signs included
  • Anchor Chart Design
  • Differentiated contraction pages
  • Additional Contraction Activities
  • Contraction Games
  • Various Contraction Worksheets
  • Over 60 pages

How it works

As the teacher, 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. They put on their gloves and mask and get to cutting their words. They add in the apostrophe, they make surgery notes on how it went, and a conclusion to how each surgery went.

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
65 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.


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