Introducing Contractions in First Grade

Teaching language in the classroom has so many opportunities for fun learning experiences! Teaching contractions provides so many opportunities to spice up our day. I always begin the lesson on contractions by reading the book I’m and Won’t, They’re and Don’t: What’s a Contraction? By Brian P. Cleary. It is a great story chalk full of contractions. The story introduces what a contraction is and gives students multiple examples.

Contractions After reading the story, we set up our Contraction Flap Books. Over the course of a week, I distribute a few contraction word strips to each student to glue into their books.

Contractions Puzzles To further learning, I love to put out my Contractions Puzzles into a literacy center for my students to work on through the week. It makes a great center since it is hands-on and my students can work together to complete the activity.


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