Teaching Contractions

Jan 14, 2020 | contractions, games, grammar, hands-on reading

Hey, there!!! I just finished my contraction unit.. so I’m going to show you everything that is included!! It’s also been added to the 2nd Grade Hands-on Reading LANGUAGE DOMAIN Bundle. This unit was created for second grade, but I think it would also work great for first! In fact, I’m using it with my own first graders this week!

Day 1 –  The first day begins with an Interactive PowerPoint presentation. Students learn about a contraction. Then, they use their slates and markers to join words to make contractions. The presentation has 20 slides… here are a few examples…

The contractions slide in… so the kids can check their work!

There’s also a poster that you can use… or copy to make an anchor chart!!

Day 2 – Students complete interactive notebook pages. The words are listed and they join the words to write the contraction. I always like doing interactive notebook pages on day 2 because my students often look back at them for a reference if they need help with something!

Day 3 – I’ve included a contraction game that can be played a few ways.

Option 1 – Put the cards face down in the center of the room. Students go around the room to find their match. Put the cards in the center of the room and play again.

Option 2 – Play Memory

Option 3 – Put the cards in a center/station or let students work in partners to make matches and record their answers.

( I usually do option 1, and then do option 3 toward the end of the week!)

Day 4 – Contraction Dominoes

Day 5 – Contractions in a Row

My students LOVE these games!!!! To play, students work with partners and use a paperclip to spin two words. Then, they cover the contraction on the game board. Students can play against each other or as a team! I’ve also included a recording sheet.

Day 6 – Contraction Task Cards

I like to hang the task cards all around the room. Sometimes I have my kids clear off their tables, and I put them on different tables. Students get to move around the room, read the card, then write the correct answer on their recording sheets.

Day 7 – Contraction Cootie Catchers

These cootie catchers bring back some great memories!

And… I’ve also included a quick assessment!!

That’s it!!! I always try to include as many hands on activities as possible! I truly believe that kids learn so much when they’re talking with their friends, playing games, and having FUN!!

You can find all of these activities at my TpT shop… HERE!!!

Have a great day!

-Hollie

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I’m a mom, wife, first grade teacher, and curriculum designer. I love teaching and I also enjoy creating resources that engage and inspire our little learners. My goal is to save you time while providing researched based, high quality, engaging lessons and activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of ALL students. I hope you’ll stay for a while. I’m so glad you’re here.