This set of activity sheets will give your students practice defining, creating, and using contractions.

A contraction is the shortening of a word or group of words by the omission of one or more letters, which omission is then replaced by an apostrophe. This collection of worksheets will teach your students how to use contractions by having them identify the words that a contraction is made of, combining words in order to make a contraction, placing apostrophes in the correct place, and more. Answer keys have been provided for instructors.

Fun Fact: The incorrect use of an apostrophe+s when creating plural nouns-inadvertently turning them into possessives-is known as the "greengrocer's apostrophe."

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Print Contraction Worksheets

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Stand For It?

Write the words that each contraction stands for.

Using Contractions

Rewrite each sentence below, replacing the underlined words with a contraction.

Write the Contraction

Write the correct contraction for each set of words.

Apostrophe Sightings

Keep your eyes open, you easily miss all that is going on in here.

Parentheses Pack

Change the words in parentheses into a contraction.

Word Sets

A contraction is a shortened form of two words. An apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter(s).

Contraction Action

Correct the contractions in each sentence. Write what the contraction means on the line.

Using Apostrophes

Insert the apostrophe to correct each sentence.

Growing Exercises

Insert the apostrophe to correct each sentence.

Choose the Correction

Find the two words in each sentence that will make a contraction. Circle the correct contraction.

Your and You're

Many adults don't even use this correctly.

Using Your and You're Correctly

Your means "belongs to you": Write three original sentences using the word your.

Your and You're

The words your and you’re are often confused. Though they sound the same, they have very different meanings.

You Are Option

Write 5 original sentences. Each sentence should use the combination of the words your and you’re, in the order they are given in parentheses, correctly.

Originals

The words your and you're are often confused. Though they sound the same, they have very different meanings.