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Old 11-22-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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I'm wondering if anyone out there has any successful methods to teach contractions? We start after Thanksgiving, and my team and I would be grateful for some guidance. Thanks!


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Old 11-22-2010, 10:29 PM
 
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They should have a background from first grade (at least here they do). I explain it has two words getting smooshed together and then letters go missing and the apostrophe takes the place of the missing letters.

Last year, we did contraction surgery (I think it came from here). I may do it this year.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:08 PM
 
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I play a matching game. We start the game with the students standing up. I will alternate between saying the contraction and the two words. When the students say the contraction they have to squat down because the contraction is "shorter".
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Too funny
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not to share... I still remember the year I did an introduction to contractions and a student stated that their mom had them when their baby sis was born. Oh we never know what all they may say. Wow, in my day their was no way we would have known that info.
Also check out virtual vine for ideas.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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I did this song with my second grades: http://www.carlscorner.us.com/Contractions.htm

I had letter cards for each student, and we took turns coming to the front of the room and spelling out our words. (For example, if the contraction was haven't, students with the letters h-a-v-e-n-o-t would line up.) The rest of the class would start singing the song, and the apostrophe would have to come up and get in the right spot and the popped out letter would have to be back in his/her seat by the time we finished the song.

We also watched a contractions video on BrainPOP Jr. and I did some sorts with them (where they had to match the words with the contractions).


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I did this and they liked it.
Old 11-25-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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I had a list of contractions. I made index cards with the two words that made each contraction. I passed one card out to each student. They had to go around the class to find their match. I had 2 sets of cards and they wanted to do it several times. The liked it!
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