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LEARNING CENTERS/LANGUAGE ARTS
Give Me a Double-Scoop of Contractions!

Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: SLC, Utah
Date Submitted: November 24, 2001

Download the ice cream reproducibles and student instruction sheet" to place in the learning center. Copy, color and laminate. For easy storage, keep all the scoops and cones in an empty ice cream bucket.

Beforehand, write 2 words that make up a contraction on each scoop (1 word per scoop). Write the finished "contraction" on the cone. (See examples below) This can be done with a dry-erase marker so that they can be periodically changed.

Two students divide the cones between them and lay the cones on the table. One at a time a student pulls an "ice cream scoop" from the bucket. If the word on the bucket matches up with one of his cones, then he keeps the scoop and places it on the cone. If it does not, he puts the ice cream back in the bucket while the other student takes a turn. The first student to fill his cones, wins!

Variation: One student can play alone. He simply lays out the cones in front of him and matches the 2 words to its appropriate contaction (or cone!)

Ex of Words for the Scoops:
can - not
should - not
she - is
they - have

Ex of Corresponding Contractions on the Cones:
can't
shouldn't
she's
they've

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