Looking for some new ways to teach or practice contractions? Try these ideas.!
What is a contraction? Aside from the thing you have during labor (ha!), a contraction is a word that is made up of two or more words connected together. One (or more) letters are removed from the words when they are connected and an apostrophe is added where the letters were removed.
For example: The I will when contracted become I’ll. The w and i in will were removed and an apostrophe was put in their place.
Matching Contractions: To prepare the game cards, print the templates and cut out the cards. If you desire, you can print each page double-sided with the words on one side and the game title, Matching Contractions, on the other side.
- Memory/Concentration: Place all the cards face down. Pick two cards at a time and try to make a match. If a match is made, go again. If not, turn the cards back over, and the next player takes a turn.
- Go Fish: Play as the traditional game
- Old Maid: Play by the rules of the traditional game
- Partner Search: Give half the children the red cards (contractions) and the other half the blue cards (two words). Have the students find their match.
- Group Concentration: Play a large game of Memory/Concentration as a whole class.
- Contraction Search: This is a silent game. Scatter one half of the cards (either the two words or the contractions) around the room. Give each child one of the matching cards. On the word “go” have all the children search the room for their matching card. Once they found their match, they return to a central location until everyone has found their match.
Templates are available for download. Please click HERE to download.
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