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Apostrophes in Contractions Space Smash
Apostrophes in Contractions Space Smash
Game
Apostrophes in Contractions Space Smash
Kids practice placing apostrophes in contracts in this interactive space-themed game!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Sentences 1
Sentences 1
Guided Lesson
Sentences 1
Second grade writers often need extra support with the rules of capitalization, puncuation, apostrophes, and proper nouns. The exercises in this guided lesson cover these four key grammar rules, and provide kids with targeted exercises to help them practice writing with correct grammar usage. To help gain even more practice with new writing skills, download and print the capitalization and punctuation worksheets suggested as part of this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Spelling 1
Spelling 1
Guided Lesson
Spelling 1
Spelling is a core language arts skill in the third grade curriculum. You can support kids' spelling skills with this guided lesson that features targeted instruction in common spelling patterns, as well as plenty of chances to practice. The content of this lesson was created by our team of teachers and curriculum experts. For even more spelling practice, consider downloading and printing our recommended spelling worksheets.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Match the Contractions
Match the Contractions
Worksheet
Match the Contractions
Get ready for contraction concentration! In this worksheet, students learn to form contractions by identifying which two words go together.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Second Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of our Second Grade Fall Review Packet features five days of engaging learning activities designed to help learners prepare for their second grade debut.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Parts of Speech: Breaking Down Sentences
Parts of Speech: Breaking Down Sentences
Lesson Plan
Parts of Speech: Breaking Down Sentences
Let your students find out that the sentences they speak so easily are formed of many different parts. Have them break down sentences to learn the various parts that form a sentence!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Apostrophes in Contractions 1
Apostrophes in Contractions 1
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 1
Practice makes perfect, and these exercises that focus on contractions with apostrophes give your student the ability to work independently while still providing helpful hints when needed.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Contractions
Contractions
Exercise
Contractions
Students will appreciate the ability to write some of their most commonly used words after working through this exercise on contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Letter Writing 1
Letter Writing 1
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 1
Letter writing is an engaging and important writing format for third graders to master. You can support the development of letter writing expertise with this lesson that provides guidance on the structure and anatomy of a letter. Written by curriculum experts, this lesson will teach kids the various features that make a letter easier to read, and will also offer plenty of opportunities to practice.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Grammar Sense
Grammar Sense
Workbook
Grammar Sense
These worksheets will help your student become a better editor and practice correcting grammar. With a challenge for every level of fourth grade, this workbook has something for everyone.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Crystal Clear Contractions
Crystal Clear Contractions
Worksheet
Crystal Clear Contractions
Children practice creating contractions in this engaging grammar worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Contractions in Construction
Contractions in Construction
Worksheet
Contractions in Construction
Replace two-word phrases with the correct contractions in this construction zone.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Contractions
Reading Contractions
Worksheet
Reading Contractions
How comfortable are your first graders with reading and understanding contractions? Use this one-on-one assessment to check your students’ abilities to read common contractions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Letter Writing 2
Letter Writing 2
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 2
Letter writing is a very engaging and authentic way to learn formatting, punctuation and grammar. The activities in this unit should be learned in tandem with actual letter writing to aunts, uncles or other special far-away people. That way, students can learn and practice the letter writing skills and then apply them in their own letters. It would be especially rich to include their thoughts about books they are reading.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
What's Up with This Poem
What's Up with This Poem
Worksheet
What's Up with This Poem
Help students analyze the words and form of a poem with this fun worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Letter Writing 3
Letter Writing 3
Guided Lesson
Letter Writing 3
In this unit, students are encouraged to write letters to family and friends about a book they are reading. In the letters the will apply the skills learned in this unit, including how to structure a letter, punctuating titles of books and short stories, using possessives (in reference to the characters or ideas in the book), contractions and addressing an envelope. Don’t forget to request a response - getting a personal letter in the mail in this electronic age can be a thrill!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 2
Develop your student's reading and writing skills with these exercises that expand upon their knowledge of apostrophes in the written word by putting them in the context of contractions.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 3
Apostrophes in Contractions 3
Exercise
Apostrophes in Contractions 3
Contractions are a staple in casual writing that are used to present a certain mood or tone in a variety of written forms. Give your students the opportunity to practice their skills with these exercises developed specifically for young learners.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Pairing Up Words
Pairing Up Words
Worksheet
Pairing Up Words
Give your students practice with an important fifth grade language arts skill: Combining words to form contractions and hyphenated compound words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What is Possessive?
What is Possessive?
Worksheet
What is Possessive?
This worksheet explains what is the difference between possessive, plural and contraction words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Text Message Language
Text Message Language
Worksheet
Text Message Language
Turn text messages full of abbreviated language and lacking punctuation into proper English.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Easter Sight Words #2
Easter Sight Words #2
Worksheet
Easter Sight Words #2
The most popular animal at Easter time is the rabbit. Your child will learn to write and spell the word "rabbit" in this Easter sight words worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Grammar Basics: Compound Words, Contractions, & Abbreviations
Grammar Basics: Compound Words, Contractions, & Abbreviations
Worksheet
Grammar Basics: Compound Words, Contractions, & Abbreviations
Challenge your child to to identify compound words, contractions, and abbreviations in a short story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Combos
Word Combos
Worksheet
Word Combos
Give your students practice combining words to create hyphenated compound words and contractions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Action Contraction
Action Contraction
Song
Action Contraction
When two words are combined into one, and an apostrophe replaces missing letters, a contraction is made! Help kids grasp this concept with this silly song.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Song

Contraction Resources

One of the greatest double-edged swords for students is the contraction. While it is a relief to cut letters out of long words with multiple syllables, contractions require extra careful punctuation. The shortest definition of a contraction is that it is a shortened word, syllable, or group of words. In practice, contractions are created by informally removing letters and sounds from words.

Learn More About Contractions

Contractions are mainly used in informal writing and speaking. There are other ways to shorten words, but the most common way to create a contraction is to replace a vowel with an apostrophe. Common examples include:
  • I am → I’m
  • Let us → let’s
  • Not → …n’t
Sometimes, you will need to take out multiple letters, including consonants. Examples you have probably seen or heard before include:
  • I will → I’ll
  • He would/did/had → He’d
And sometimes, you might even have to spell words differently to create a contraction:
  • Will not → won’t
  • Am/is not → ain’t
One word of caution about contractions: you can’t have a contraction without an apostrophe, but don’t confuse a contraction with possession. You may have seen apostrophes used to indicate possession (but never plural), such as Jessica’s. That’s an example of possession, and not a contraction!

Even though apostrophes may intimidate some students, using apostrophes and making contractions is pretty simple.

While there are rules to contractions, there are also exceptions. That means it is worth taking the time to memorize the most common contractions.

Thankfully, Education.com has put together a number of worksheets, and even a clever song or three, to walk your students through the dos and don’ts of contractions. Take advantage of the powerful educational resources here to learn the proper shortcuts to making words shorter.