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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
Story vs. Poem
Story vs. Poem
Lesson Plan
Story vs. Poem
What makes a poem a poem? And what makes a story a story? In this lesson, students learn to distinguish between different types of texts while analyzing the sentences and words they encounter.
1st 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
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
Guided Lesson
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
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
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
Contraction Action
Contraction Action
Lesson Plan
Contraction Action
Give your students a chance to create contractions and play with macaroni with this fun-filled reading lesson. Early learners will have a blast using flash cards to identify ways word combinations.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
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
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
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
Lesson Plan
There and They're and Their, Oh My!
Mix-ups of "there," "they're," and "their" happen way too often. There is no better time than now to help your students get their homophones down. They're sure to have fun with this interactive English lesson!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Word Feature Concentration
Word Feature Concentration
Lesson Plan
Word Feature Concentration
Games are a great way to help students look closer at words! In this lesson, students will learn more about contractions and consonant pairs by creating their own games of concentration.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Combining Words
Combining Words
Lesson Plan
Combining Words
Condense and combine! In this lesson, students will learn how to combine words to form contractions and hyphenated compound words. Spelling becomes easy when it’s just a matter of pairing words up!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
Contraction Match-Up
Contraction Match-Up
Lesson Plan
Contraction Match-Up
Contractions can be tricky, but they don't have to be! Through this lesson, students will gain hands-on experience putting words together to form common contractions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
Contraction Actions
Contraction Actions
Lesson Plan
Contraction Actions
Help your students spring into action with contractions! With this lesson, your students will create contractions from the words will, not, and have. With a focus on spelling and word structure, they will be empowered to use contractions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
Crystal Clear Contractions
Crystal Clear Contractions
Worksheet
Crystal Clear Contractions
Contractions will become crystal clear for your students when they practice contraction formation with this worksheet.
3rd 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

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.