Learning Contractions

A contraction is a shortened form of one or two words, one of which is usually a verb. In a contraction, an apostrophe almost always takes the place of the missing letter(s), for example “don’t” is the contraction for “do not”. An continued…

K-2nd Grade Contractions Games

Fill It In: Contractions Game Fill It In: Un-Contraction Game
K-2 Contractions Memory Match Primary Contractions Game

3rd-5th Grade Contractions Games

3rd-5th Contraction Memory Match Fill It In: Contraction Game
Fill It In: Un-Contraction Game Pick the Correct Contraction
Where Does the Apostrophe Go? Enjoy The Games!


example of an apostrophe-less contraction is “none”, which is the contracted form of “not one”. Because the English language, both spoken and written, is so fond of contractions, it is important for English learners (native or not) to learn to use them correctly as well as to differentiate contractions from possessives as those also rely on apostrophes. The great thing is that learning and teaching contractions can be fun for both students and teachers, especially when using word matching or memory card games.

Contractions are extremely common in English, particularly in the spoken language. That said, it is important to learn how to properly spell contractions and read contractions, as correctly placing the apostrophe in contractions is not always obvious.

Whether you are studying for a contractions quiz or looking for a list of common contractions to prepare a contractions lesson plan, there are excellent contractions resources and materials available, including a fun memory match game of contractions for Kindergarten, first grade and second grade as well as contraction games for third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade.

Of course, learning contractions is particularly important for ESL students and speakers of foreign languages who will hear spoken contractions often and will need to be able to both recognize and reproduce them in writing as well as not confuse contractions and possessives.

Because of their pervasiveness, contractions are regularly tested on standardized tests.