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Contractions Dominoes

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: 2 - 4

Build vocabulary and spelling skills and have fun with contraction word games.

Toss the Worksheet on Contractions! 

It’s time to ditch the contraction worksheets! Get your students engaged, having fun, and enjoying grammar class with a round of dominoes. This contraction domino game is the perfect way to help them practice identifying contractions and their full-word versions.

The cards feature a variety of contractions—including wasn’t, didn’t, we’re, they’re, haven’t, can’t.— and their corresponding full-word forms.

🎲To play, students use traditional domino rules, matching the full version of each contraction with its matching contraction.

Through this activity, students will show an increased understanding of contractions in the English language. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

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

In addition to individual student work time, use this game to enhance learning through guided writing groups.

  • Support students who need help understanding the concepts by pairing students to play the contraction game together.

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, a teacher in Illinois Teach Starter Collaborator.

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