Contraction Activities for the Classroom

Contraction Activities

If contractions are something you regularly teach, you probably have a variety of contraction matching activities. I’ve seen really cute matching activities for just about every holiday or theme imaginable. So . . to be a little different, I have included a fan graphic organizer for your lesson.

Contraction Activities - Free Printable Contraction OrganizerThe graphic organizer contains the following contractions:

  • not
  • be
  • will
  • would
  • have
  • had
  • one-of-a-kind contractions such as of-the-clock and  Jack-of-the-Lantern

Print the pages on cardstock. Cut the strips apart. Have the students write contractions for each word. When completed, connect the strips with a brad. This creates a fan organizer. Students can store these in an interactive notebook. They make a great quick check guide for spelling contractions correctly.

Online Interactive Activities 

Enjoy these online games. Just click on the image for the activity you wish to see. I hope your students will find these activities fun! 

Pick Correct Contraction.Online Contraction Activity

Where Does the Apostrophe Go?
Online Contraction Activity

Fill It In: Un-Contraction Game
Online Contraction Activity

Which key will unlock the treasure chest?Online Contraction Activity

Fill It In: Un-Contraction GameOnline Contraction Activity

Contraction Memory MatchOnline Contraction Activity

Great Books for Teaching Contractions

Using books is a great hook activity for a contraction lesson. These are available on Amazon.

I’m and Won’t, They’re and Don’t: What’s a Contraction?What is a Contraction? If You Were a Contraction (Word Fun)If You Were a Contraction

Memory Game has a series of free printables to help teach contractions. This contraction game looks fun for beginners.Contraction Matching Game

Free on Teachers Pay Teachers

Contractions: Free Music Video, Activities and Workshop Footage

Enjoy this free instructional video from Grammar Songs by Melissa.

Contraction Surgery: 2nd-3rd Grade Common Core Practice Activity

Common Core Corner created this free activity. Students perform surgery by cutting the word cards in half. Next they cut off unneeded letters. The remaining two halves are taped back together as a contraction.

Caitlyn Jackson created Contractions for a Rainy Day for your literary centers.

Christmas Contractions

What a fun organizer by Treet Resources! You will find  Crackin’ Contractions here.

Contraction Bingo

Teacher’s Take-Out created Contraction Bingo. This is great for small groups.

Blog Posts

Contraction Dominos

Beth Gorden created Contraction Dominoes. This activity practices with 50 contractions. Great for students in 2nd through 5th grades.Paint Chip Contractions

Lisa Elliot posted this great idea. Using Paint Clips to make Organizers looks like colorful fun.Contraction Foldable Organizer

The Lesson Plan Diva shows how to make a fantastic Foldable Organizer.Contraction Surgery Anchor Chart

Learn how to perform Contraction Surgery from Mandi Moore.


Members of Super Teacher Worksheets can print out puzzles and games. Non-members can enjoy a printable practice.


YouTube is a great source of educational videos. Check out these two.

Contraction Teaching Ideas including Lots of Free Resources

Gay Miller


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