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Contractions are such a fun thing to learn about- the grammar contractions, not the birth kind. Those ones hurt. I am teaching my kids about different contractions with some printable contraction puzzles.
To make these, I looked up a list of contractions in English so I could include as many as possible. I was shocked to learn how many there actually were! There were some that I had not heard of and some that I would not really consider contractions as in gonna. These puzzles do not have ALL of the listed contractions, just the more common ones that we use regularly.
What is a Contraction?
First of all, we should define what a contraction is. Contractions are a group of words that are combined into a shortened form. A common example is can’t from the two words can & not. A less known one that I just learned is goodbye, which is shortened from the words “God be with you”. I thought that was cool! The one that made me laugh a bit was y’all’d’ve which obviously combines the words “you all would have”. While I have heard that being said, seeing it written out looked a bit foreign! 🙂
Want to see the full list that I found? It’s over on Wikipedia.
Printable Grammar Contraction Puzzles
This printable set contains 21 pages. On each page there are four 3-part contraction puzzles. This adds up to 84 puzzles to use for learning contractions! (Well actually 83, because I left in one blank one to write in your own if needed.)
I have also learned some interesting things through making these, so its been a lot of fun! I hope you will find these to be useful for your teaching as well. I am excited to have these to use for my kids.
You can find this printable set in my shop.