Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cool Contraction Concoctions & Flippin' for a FREE Flip Book!

Howdy! I am among the living once again! Sorry about the lapses in my posts and stuff . . . Can't seem to keep up with it all! 


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 chaos video of our fun!




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!


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15 comments:

  1. I love this idea...how simple! Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. Thank you Hilary! This is great - and I agree those flippy books are confusing to make. So I doubly appreciate not only your taking the time to figure it out, but the visual as well!

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  3. Thanks, Hilary! My teamie makes flippy books all the time. I think we'll let the children write their own contractions and the words that make them while they perform "surgery." They can choose six contraction word sets to show and write a sentence with the contraction those two words make just as you showed. Thanks bunches!!

    Melly<><

    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  4. Thank you! Thank you! I LOVE these ideas!!! I am going to be teaching contractions this week.... so these are PERFECT!!!
    Where did you get your cute big cut out of the surgeon? I LOVE it!!!!!!!!
    :) Patty

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    1. I'm glad you'll be able to use this stuff! We had fun! Oh, and I just drew the surgeon...I forgot his ears! Oh well! Have fun!

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    1. Yes, it was a blast! Thanks so much!
      Hilary

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  6. Hi Hilary - Love your blog and especially your blog signature - very creative. I'm glad I found you...cute stuff. Come on over and visit me I'm a new blogger. :O)

    ~ Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  7. Thank you for posting this. I would love a copy of you rubric. Thanks!

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  8. HILARY, YOUR SITE IS BEAUTIFUL. I THOUGHT I SAW SOMEWHERE ON YOUR SITE SOMF POSTERS FOR PLACE VALUE? DOES THAT RING ANY BELLS? IF SO DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET THEM?

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  9. Thanks heaps Hilary! I couldn't figure out how to make them either :). You've just saved me 20 hours of construction frustration! :) Can't tell you how thankful I am!

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