This is a fast-paced game that practices fluency with contractions. This game is great for a small group or guided reading lesson! Once students are familiar with the game, they can play in groups at a literacy center or station.
Directions: Distribute gingerbread house cards evenly to players. Players should leave their cards face up in front of them. All gingerbread man cards are placed in a pile face down in front of the teacher (caller). The teacher flips a card over one at a time and calls out the two words. Players combine the two words mentally to form a contraction. If the player has a gingerbread house card with the correct answer on it he/she should slap the card and say Poof! If correct, the cards are matched and set aside. The first player to Poof! all of his/her cards is the winner.