Hands-on Activities for Teaching Contractions

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Last year I created the original File Folder Phonics activities and they fast became a favorite for introducing and practicing phonics concepts.  They are great for independent centers as well as first introducing the concept during small group instruction.  Since creating the initial file folder activities bundle, I’ve been receiving request after request for additional activities.  Two of my new favorite file folder activities are the ones that introduce the concept of contractions.  This is a skill that is typically introduced mid-first grade; however, I find that many second graders could use added practice.   As with all the file folder activities, an explanation of the concept or a statement of the rule is included as well as a hands-on activity for learning the concept.

The first file folder activity for contractions includes 20 colorful dog dishes (some on the back too) with coordinating dog bones.  Students simply match the dog bone to the dish.  This activity is ideal when first introducing the concept of contractions.

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 The File Folder Phonics- Contractions #1 can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or through the Make, Take & Teach website.

The second file folder activity is an extension of the first.  For this activity, students write the contraction on the dog bone.  When the student is finished with the activity, simply wipe the file folder clean and the activity is ready for use again!

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The File Folder Phonics- Contractions #2 can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or through the Make, Take & Teach website.

These activities are two of 13 file folder phonics activities contained in the Even More! File Folder Phonics.  Activities contained in this bundle include activities targeted at the following skills: contractions, FLOSS rule, doubling rule, past tense -ed, -s/-ing endings, plurals and more!

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