Saturday, October 18, 2014

Contractions Made Easy-A Bright Idea!

It's Bright Ideas Saturday, Friends!

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy bright idea-
how I make contractions easier for my kiddos. 

I would use this strategy with any child learning contractions OR
children and adults who struggle with contractions.

It's quick, I tell you! 

And they remember it!

Like most teachers, when I teach contractions, I teach one "set" at a time. 
I find "is' and "not" to be the easiest for my students.  
Some find "will" very easy, too.


So, here's how we do it!
TIP-I demonstrate the 4 steps with magnetic letters first and continue to use magnetic letters with those students who need the extra scaffolding.

THEN-
1-We write the two words that make up the contraction.
2-We cross out the letter that is replaced by the apostrophe.
3-We replace that letter with the apostrophe.
4-We move the two parts together to make the new word.
IMPORTANT-Teach your young friends to explain how they made their contractions, too. 

Here's a quick clip of one of my sweeties explaining her contraction.  
Love first grade vocabulary!
video
Precious and Powerful! 

That's it, y'all! Super easy and effective.



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1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of using magnetic letters! Thanks for sharing!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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