Troublsome Words - There, Their, & They're     

Anchor Charts


Enjoy these activities to help teach the skill troublesome words to your students.

Troublesome Words

This anchor chart reminds students of the three rules I use to determine which "there, their, they're" to use. Students learn which "there, their, they're" should be used quickly if they follow these three simple rules when they come upon a situation where a decision must be made.

1) Try using they are. If they are makes sense in place of   "there, their, they're" then they know they must use the contraction - they're

For example:

They are best friends. They're best friends.

Yes, they are makes sense, so they are is needed. 

  If they are   doesn't make sense in the sentence then move on to the next rule. 

2) If they are doesn't make sense, exchange   "there, their, they're" for her or his to determine if someone owns something.

For example:

Their branch is high. Her branch is high.

Yes, this makes sense, so the word their is needed.

If her doesn't make sense in the sentence, then move on to the next rule. 

3) If rules #1 and #2 don't work, then use there


Additional Troublesome Word Resources

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Check out this free lesson on the troublesome word pair affect and effect.

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Troublesome Words

This pdf contains grammar practice for my free Alice and Wonderland Unit. It includes a practice on troublesome words - sit/set, rise/raise, and lie/lay - on pages 10-11.

Free Grammar Practice for Alice and Wonderland


If you are looking for more practice with troublesome word pairs try this:

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2 Printable Books
4 PowerPoint Presentations
3 Interactive Webpages pages.



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