Your students will have a dino-mite time while practicing contractions with these activities. To begin, there is a Contractions poster explaining what a contraction is. There is an matching activity to match contractions with the correct word pairs and a sheet to record them. The matching activity has a student instruction card for a center. There are 16 pairs, so you could choose to have students match all of them or just 8 at a time. There is also a worksheet where students use a word pair to make a contraction to complete a sentence. In another activity, students sort contractions from a word box into the column with the contracted word (i.e., they'll would go in the will column). Answer sheets are included. In addition, there is an I have, who has activity with 24 contractions. I recently added another activity to use in a whole group, small group or individually. Students cut out letters and an apostrophe. The teacher tells them a word pair to make with the letters. Then students make the contraction, removing letters and adding an apostrophe. This is great to use for kids who are having trouble with apostrophe placement. All of these activities focus mainly on contractions using are, not, have, and will since I have found these to be the most problematic when learning to make contractions.
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2c Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
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