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Contractions Matching Activity - Dog Bone and Bowl

  • Updated

    Updated:  04 Jun 2024

Practise matching words with their contraction with this fun bone and dog bowl matching activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  1 - 2

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teaching resource

Contractions Matching Activity - Dog Bone and Bowl

  • Updated

    Updated:  04 Jun 2024

Practise matching words with their contraction with this fun bone and dog bowl matching activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  1 - 2

Practise matching words with their contraction with this fun bone and dog bowl matching activity.

Matching Contraction Fun!

Contractions are an essential part of the English language, simplifying speech and writing while making it more natural and conversational. Teaching students how to form and use contractions correctly is crucial for their language development. This contraction matching activity, has been created by a teacher and has students matching dog bones with words on dog bowls, this turns the learning process from boring to fun!

Why Teach Contractions?

Understanding contractions helps students in several ways:

  • Improves Reading Fluency: Recognizing and understanding contractions helps students read more smoothly and quickly, as they encounter these commonly used word combinations frequently.
  • Enhances Writing Skills: Knowing how to use contractions appropriately makes students’ writing sound more natural and less formal, aligning with everyday speech.
  • Boosts Comprehension: Mastering contractions aids in better comprehension of texts, particularly in dialogue-heavy narratives and informal writing.

How to Play: Match and Learn

The “Bone Up on Contractions” game is simple yet effective:

  1. Preparation: Prepare dog bones with words that can form contractions (e.g., “do” and “not”) and corresponding dog bowls with the correct contractions (“don’t”).
  2. Matching Game: Spread out the bones and bowls. Students take turns picking a bone and finding the correct bowl.
  3. Interactive Learning: As students match the bones to the bowls, they can say the words out loud, reinforcing their learning through auditory practice.

Download and Match Today!

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a Teach Starter collaborator.


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