February 28, 2017

A great way of teaching contractions to kids is by using paint sample strips– fold ’em and open ’em like a fan; the colours liven them up!  You can describe contractions to younger kids as, “Two words get so pushed together that a letter or some letters fall out, and in flies an apostrophe to glue the two words together”!


More formally, contractions are a shortening and combining of two words, used in everyday speech and informal writing. They commonly combine a pronoun or noun and a verb, or a verb and the word ‘not’ into a shorter form.  We put an apostrophe in place of any letter or letters that get omitted.

Some common contractions are:


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