These Contractions Clip Cards are a fun and interactive way to practice reading and breaking apart contractions.
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Contractions Clip Cards
Compound words are formed when two words come together to make a longer word. Contractions are formed the same way…expect when the two words come together, some of the letters fall out! Oh no! To show that some letters are gone, you have to put an apostrophe in their place.
These contractions clip cards were created for her, but I’m sharing them with you today. The clip cards pictured are in color, but I’ve also included the complete set in blackline so you can save on that colored ink!
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Your learners need to read the sentence, noting the underlined contraction.
They then take a clothespin and clip the two words that form that contraction. I highly recommend the wooden clothespins because they are a little sturdier than the plastic ones.
If your learners struggle to figure out which two words form the contraction, have them replace the contraction with each pair of words. For example, using the clip card in the image above, your learner would try, “She had love to go with you,” “She is love to go with you,” and “She would love to go with you!”
Once your learner has tried all three, ask him/her to tell you which two words make sense in the sentence.
If you want to make them self-checking, just add a smiley face or a star on the backside of the cards that lines up with the answers. That way, learners can flip over the clip cards and check their answers.
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