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Abbreviations SLAP IT! Card Game

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 7 pages | Grades: 2 - 5

Play an abbreviation matching game to enhance grammar and spelling skills in the classroom.

ELA Games Make Skill Building a Breeze!

Writing and grammar practice doesn’t have to be boring. It can be exciting, loud, and highly engaging. Our Abbreviations SLAP IT! Card game will have your learners engaged in a friendly competition to match abbreviations with their corresponding complete versions.

Students spread the SLAP cards out on the table or floor face-up to play. The MATCH cards are then placed to the side face down. Students draw a Match Card, read it aloud, and race to slap the matching contraction SLAP! Card.

It’s a race against time and a true battle of the brains!

Students will show their ability to read, spell, and identify contractions through this activity.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Writing and Language Arts lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this Abbreviations game to enhance learning through guided writing groups or writer’s workshop stations.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track:

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help struggling students understand the concepts by providing access to previous assignments, as well as posters and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge your fast finishers to continue their learning by using the cards to write sentences or create posters for classroom display.

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answers in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the Color or Blackline version of this resource.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan  Teach Starter Collaborator.

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