Help your students learn the art of using contractions with this fun Ladybird Contractions activity. IT’S educational, THEY’LL love it, and YOU’LL save time resourcing. So DON’T wait any longer, hit download now!
Contractions are commonly used in spoken language. We form them naturally when we speak and use them all the time. And when it comes to writing, contractions make it chattier and more familiar, giving it an informal and relaxed tone.
At school, students will learn what contractions are, how to use them, and when. This Ladybird Contraction activity is the perfect way to help them get their heads around the concept.
The activity displays 9 ladybirds each with words that can be transformed into one contracted word. At the bottom of the page is a bank of contractions that students must match to the correct ladybird. This type of activity will encourage them to think about how to form contractions and show them the correct spellings for each.
The Ladybird Contraction sheet is a super activity to use in a variety of contexts. It’s a great way to start an English lesson or as the main activity during a grammar lesson. You could use it as a revision activity, a morning starter, or even as a homework task. The choice is yours but one thing that’s certain, it’s guaranteed to save you time resourcing. It’s easy to download and print and is ready to go whenever you need it.
Another great benefit of this activity is the cut and stick aspect. Cut and stick activities bring something a little different and help students practise their fine motor skills.
How to use the Ladybird Contractions Activity:
- Download and print out the PDF. Don’t forget, if you want to save ink you can change your print settings to black and white.
- Ask your students to familiarise themselves with the words and contractions. Encourage them to read the words on ladybirds and the in the word bank below.
- Students must then cut out the words from the word bank and match them to the ladybird.
- They must then glue the contraction onto the ladybird.
Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:
Learning grammar rules can be a little grey at times. But we have some ideas for you to use alongside our Ladybird Contractions resource to make learning more fun.
- Create a tabletop contraction puzzle game. Get strips of paper in two different colours and a list of contraction words (between 5-10 is a good place to start). On one colour write the start of each contraction word. On the other colour, write the endings. Spread the coloured strips out on a desk. Students must then work to match the pieces together. There are many different variations of this tabletop game. For example, you could turn the cards face down and play a memory match game, or you could grab a timer and compete against the clock.
- Getting children to physically cut and remove the letters from words is a great way to illustrate exactly what is happening when contractions are formed. Write or print some words on strips of paper. Provide your students with some scissors and let them snip away the letters that aren’t needed, then replace them with the correctly contracted ending.