Contraction Activities for the Classroom

Contraction Activities for the Classroom

This post is a collection of many free resources from the web that will help your students learn about contractions. Enjoy these contraction activities including online games. Discover great books to read. You’ll find songs and videos. Print free organizers and games for your learning centers. This collection is sure to keep your students interactive. They will come away not only knowing how to use contractions but will have fun as they learn about them.

I’ll begin with something I created. 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 Organizer

The 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! 

Great Books for Teaching Contractions

Using books is a great hook activity for a contraction lesson. 

What is a Contraction?
I’m and Won’t, They’re and Don’t: What’s a Contraction?

If You Were a ContractionIf You Were a Contraction (Word Fun)

Free Materials and Ideas on the Internet

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

Paint Chip ContractionsLisa Elliot posted this great idea. Using Paint Clips to make Organizers looks like colorful fun.


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 ActivityCommon 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.

Contraction Surgery Anchor Chart
Learn how to perform Contraction Surgery from Mandi Moore. 

Contraction Bingo

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

Contraction Dominos

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

Contraction Foldable OrganizerThe Lesson Plan Diva shows how to make a fantastic Foldable Organizer.


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

Contraction Activities

Contraction Activities

Contraction Activities

Contraction Activities

Gay Miller



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