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Contraction fluency, bingo

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Activity Type: Build Fluency
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1, 2
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Contraction Cards, Image:Bingo Board.doc, index cards, markers (i.e. pennies, chips, scraps of paper)
Goal: Given two written words, the student can identify the corresponding contraction in print (it is -> “it’s”).
Items: All contractions learned so far

What to do

  1. Before introducing the game, print Image:Bingo Board.doc and photocopy enough copies for each student to have one. Prepare bingo boards by writing individual contractions in spaces on the bingo board. Make sure to make all of the bingo boards different. If possible, laminate bingo boards.
  2. On index cards, write word combinations that match each contraction. These will be the cards for the caller to use during the game.
  3. Pass out one bingo card to each student and enough bingo markers to cover the card. Today we are going to play bingo. I am going to call out two words. If you have the contraction that matches the words I say, cover up that word on your bingo card.
  4. Let’s practice. “It is.” Does anybody see the contraction for "it is?" Call on a student. Good. “It’s” is the contraction for "it is."
  5. Let’s play now. If you get a straight line, make sure to yell out “bingo!” It may be helpful to draw a bingo board on the chalkboard and illustrate examples of straight lines.
  6. Make sure to check all matches when a student wins.
  7. You may wish to allow the winner to be the next caller.
  8. Observe small groups of students play the game. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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