Contraction Surgery | Contraction General Hospital

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Cool School With Karen
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1st - 3rd
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Do you want your students to always remember where the apostrophe goes in contractions? If you do, then you should teach your students how to perform... CONTRACTION SURGERY!

This PowerPoint activity lesson guides students through the process of turning two words into a contraction.

The idea behind this lesson is that words can be joined together through the amazing "contractionectomy" surgery. Letters are removed and the patients are sutured back together, leaving a small scar--the apostrophe!

Medical equipment and terms are introduced at the beginning of the lesson, which creates major buy-in by students. The elaborate animation and sound effects show the letters being excised, changing color, disappearing, and being replaced by a scar, which turns into an apostrophe.

Contractions are presented in sentence, as well as surgical, context.

The classic theme music from the soap, General Hospital, is incorporated into the presentation. Students also enjoy the extra sound effects that are used throughout the lesson.

This activity will provide a fun and memorable lesson, leaving students with a visual image they will remember for years to come.

The duration of this presentation is long enough to split into a couple of learning sessions. Truth be told, your students will beg to do it in one sitting!


--Full-color, animated PowerPoint Show, which includes music and sound effects

--Two different forms of student recording sheets (in ppt and pdf)

--Two activity sheets that can be used as practice, homework, or assessment.

--Dr. Karen's Contraction Surgery Teaching Tips

--A lot of fun and deep learning

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.


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