Contraction Task Cards to the rescue!
This week began with our spelling pretest on Monday, and this week was Contractions. I use this pretest to differentiate spelling lists for my students. If they miss one or less, they are put on an alternate list that follows the same spelling rule but the words are more difficult. Typically I will have about five students on the alternate test but this week was contractions and oh boy, game changer. This tricky spelling rule took out all my students except two.
We had commas for apostrophes and apostrophes where they shouldn’t be, it was a hot mess, but a relatively easy fix. Contraction Task Cards to the rescue!
I created these ContractiCardson Task which my students used in our literacy rotations. We switch every 15 minutes after our whole group mini-lesson. Within my classroom, my students are in three groups and rotate between guided reading at the back table with me, word work and silent reading which is a story in Raz Kids and a quiz or reading their own books and identifying a phonics skill or strategy of the week.
We used the task cards for games of memory, speed sort and a fun game of “Name That Contraction.” I made two sets of these task cards fo the classroom and kept one with me to work with my small group. I would put all the cards face down in a stack and each student would turn one over. On their whiteboard, they would write either the contraction or the two words that made up the contraction. My students enjoyed them and it was a fun week of practice.
You can find these task cards in my TpT store here. The resource includes 28 cards in both color and printer friendly versions. They align with Lesson 10 if you use the HMH Journeys ELA curriculum. The Contraction Task Cards are easy to prep, I printed the cards on white cardstock, laminated and cut. I keep my task cards in Iris photo boxes, have you tried these? They work great for so many things in the classroom! I have included the link below.
You can find more ideas and resources for word work and literacy centers in this post, Spelling Word Rings
Have a great week!
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