One component of your Spelling program you must teach students is not only how to spell contractions correctly, but when to use contractions when writing. This 18 page Smartboard lesson is all you need to teach the concepts of contractions. The first few slides goes over what are contractions and how to spell them correctly. Students can take notes using these slides for Interactive Notebooks. (Use the pull screen on Smartboard to go over notes one at a time). Then there is a slide showing a list of contractions used long ago and a list showing slang contractions. These slides are helpful for students so they recognize some popular contractions used in books and can also use them in their own creative writing. There is also a slide showing a list of how contractions effect informal writing and speech. Another slide shows when and where you use contractions in writing. Students need to see examples when using contractions and how it depends on the voice you are attempting in fictional writing. Business, law, and other types of formal writing is also discussed on one of the slides. The last few slides are fun and the students love because they show real pictures, events, and people that spelled words incorrectly using contractions. This presentation is all you need to fully cover and teach the use of contractions.