So, this week, we were doing more with contractions and I decided to try out some of the awesome ideas that I have seen floating around the internet. Of course I first found this idea on Pinterest . . . That led me to Fun in First Grade which led me to The First Grade Parade which led me to Buzzing About Second Grade . . . whew! This idea has been around, but it was SO MUCH FUN! Check out this video of my kids using their contractions in sentences . . .
Here is what my surgeons created!
(The band-aids aren't as colorful . . .but still pretty darn cute!)Then, on Valentine's Day, we had a BLAST using balloons to make contractions. I wrote 2 words (like 'she would') on each balloon. The kids each grabbed a balloon, read their words, said the contraction that they made, and then spelled it (she'd). Check out this
I also found this Rockin' contraction flip book from Teacher Bits and Bobs. I had the hardest time figuring out how to make this silly book. I finally got it figured out . . . geez! I also wanted to make the flip book on my computer, so I could just copy them year after year.
Okay . . . I consider myself a fairly intelligent human being, but this took me FOREVER to figure out! Anyway, I finally got it and I made a little YouTube for you to watch so you won't have to go through what I did! Oh . . . and I didn't have anyone to video tape for me, so I used my phone and stood it on a pack of paper . . . I know . . . CLASSY!
And it seems so simple when you look at the finished booklet!
I am going to give each of my kids one of the booklets. They will use the two words on each page to write a sentence and draw a picture of their sentence. I will post pictures after we make them. Hopefully they will turn out well! I'm planning on making a rubric to go along with this as well. I am going to use it as an assessment of contractions. I will also be able to check for periods, capitals, 2nd grade spellings, etc.
I thought I would share this booklet with you . . . No pretty cover or anything . . . Just print the pages in the order they are in the file. Then make the pages back to back (double sided). Three of the pages will make one booklet. I have 3 different booklets included in this file.
Download your copy here . . . or you can click the pic.
Have a Wonderful long weekend!