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. We these in verbal language all the time. The use of an apostrophe replaces some of the internal letters in writing. This form of words and phrases are used in situations where writing space is the main consideration. You will find it ever present in all forms of display advertising. Many times, advertisers are limited on the number of characters they can use in their language. A good contraction can save those valuable characters to help you get your message out. You find their use limited, if at all, in very formal writing such as academic and professional papers.

In this section we focus on identify and using them in basic sentences. If you progress to our writing worksheet section, you will find activities that encourage students to work on the placement of contractions in full length informal works. This is where we want our students to move forward towards. 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 smoother transition, 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 Symbols

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

Write It Properly

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.


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