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Teaching Contractions Resources and Ideas

Pray tell, just what is a contraction?

If you want to go straight to the resource press here 🙂

As anyone who knows a little about science will know ( and all the parents out there of course) to contract means to make some thing smaller be it words or muscles. If you are a teacher i would miss out the other description of course! In this instance it means to make a word smaller, reducing its size and the time taken to say it and helping with connected speech.

They are used mostly as an informal way of writing and a quicker and therefore also informal way of speaking. so we would say ”don’t pick your nose” instead of ”Do not pick your nose” They are often misused or added in the wrong place, and yes even by teachers. See if you can see how the following examples might be funny.

your rubbish

you’re rubbish

Also for reasons i wont go into here ( it’s supposed to be a short post!) it is a rule of thumb not to use a contraction at the end of a sentence. Try it and you will see it sounds strange. If you really want to know why then check this out.

A few ways to teach contractions to younger learners.

It can be a challenge to teach this to younger learners, but it you do head down that road the following tips and hints might make it easier for both teacher and student.

  1. Use your fingers, or a rubber band to show you are making something smaller, but still the same meaning and appearance. you can say the word as you do it and even let the students do the same.
  2. Explain that if you miss a letter from a word to make the contraction that the apostrophe – ‘ -must take its place, not anywhere else!
  3. Show how important these little apostrophes are by removing them and seeing how the word sounds.
  4. we have also made a flip-book, which i will share on Facebook as well but the link is below to the resource page. You can make it in class or ask your students to make them as homework or self directed learning. Where they can make the flip-book and then practice the words.

About the Author

Hi I’m Marc. A teacher of over 15 years, mostly English but dabbled in outdoor pursuits and media. Thought is was about time to sharing both what I have learnt during that time and the resources I have put together. On this site we aim to teach the theory and share our thoughts, but also go that one step further and give you access to the hard resources you need for your class or for you children. Feel free to take a look at our resources, email us on info@makingenglishfun.com, or jump on the Facebook group to ask questions. Happy learning, teaching or playing!

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