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New & Fun Ways to Teach Contractions

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Written by: Katie Palmer

The time has come to teach contractions! Teaching contractions can be fun and engaging for students (and their teachers)! Read below for tips & resources that will rock your contractions instruction!

new and fun ways to teach contractions

Tips & Tricks for Teaching Contractions

First off, exactly what are contractions? Simply put, they are a shorter way to say and write two words. The apostrophe takes the place of the missing letters.

donut stacking contractions game to use as a grammar center in a 2nd grade classroom

Kids often like learning about contractions and it can also be fun to teach! Here is a short list of ideas to hammer out this skill.

  • Use macaroni: Kids can glue down a macaroni noodle where the apostrophe would go in a contraction. Kids will love the hands-on aspect of this and it is fun!
  • Contractions surgery: Give each student two words that they can put together into a contraction. Have them cut out the letters that will no longer be needed and put together the new contraction using a bandaid to hold the two words together. Tell them they just performed contractions surgery!
  • Use centers to practice and review: Lucky Little Learners has some AMAZING resources to help students cement their grammar skills. Take a look at our Grammar Centers in the video below!

The Grammar Centers pack has over 40 different standards-based grammar skill games. (Including a super fun contractions game!) BONUS: these centers are available in printable and digital formats. To learn more about these engaging centers, check out this post: Grammar Center Activities for 2nd Grade.

Contractions Resources

There are so many resources to help teach contractions. Below you’ll find just a small sampling of what is available!

Songs & Videos

Songs and videos are always an engaging resource to use with students!

  • Jack Hartmann has TONS of educational songs and his Contractions song does NOT disappoint!
  • Scratch Garden is another YouTube channel with amazing learning videos.
  • Learning Time Fun has this video that lists many of the contractions teachers will be teaching.

Wait, have you tried Toothy??

In addition to the Grammar Centers mentioned above, Lucky Little Learners has some other GREAT activities your kids will LOVE to achieve contractions mastery!

Grammar & Contractions Toothy

Toothy is a MUST do to have super engaged learners! If you are new to Toothy, start here: Toothy Task Kits.

Grammar Toothy practices 28 different grammar skills including contractions.

Also, to exclusively focus on contractions, check out the Contractions Toothy Task Kits. (These are part of the bigger Grammar Toothy Bundle!)


toothy task kits

Grammar Centers

Grammar Toothy Task Cards

Grammar Toothy

toothy task kits

Contractions Toothy

Hopefully these resources help you in teaching contractions! Happy Teaching!

new and fun ways to teach contractions


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