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Contraction Words Crab Puzzles

Make practicing contractions for kids fun with this free printable activity for students featuring super cute Crab Contraction Word Puzzles!

FREE Crab Contractions - Make practicing contractions for kids fun with this free printable activity for students featuring super cute Crab Contraction Word Puzzles! Fun english grammar activity for grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 perfect for summer learning or literacy centers with parents, teachers, and homeschoolers.

Contraction Words

A contraction word is a word made by shortening and combining two words. Words like I’ll (I + will) and she’s (she + is) are all contractions taught in English grammar (language arts) typically in early elementary school – grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4.

The best way for kids to learn which combination of words can make contractions is by practicing a lot. We love turning learning into a game so kids are excited about learning and engaged with the material; it also helps them remember it better too. You can see the contractions grammar list farther down in this post.

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Contraction Puzzles

Are you working on contractions grammar? Your student will love working on contractions in English with these adorable Crab Contraction Puzzles!
Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie. Print the super cute crabs and their pincher claws in color on cardstock for durability; or you can laminate the pages.
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Common Contractions

Cut along dotted lines and put in two piles: contraction crabs and word pinchers/arms.

Whether you are a parent looking for fun supplemental activities for summer learning, classroom teacher looking for a clever literacy center activity, or a homeschooler looking for learning activities to make the material stick – you will love this free contractions for kids activity that helps students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and fourth grade master common contractions.

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Students will find the two arm words that make up the contraction crab body and place them to complete the crab (see above left).

List of Contractions

Here are the contraction words list included in this grammar activity:

  • we’ll – we will
  • I’m – I am
  • didn’t – did not
  • she’s – she is
  • wasn’t – was not
  • isn’t – is not
  • you’re – you are
  • you’ve – you have
  • they’re – they are
  • you’ll – you will
  • I’ve – I have
  • he’s – he has
  • don’t – do not
  • I’m – I am
  • won’t  – will not
  • haven’t – have not
  • I’d – I had
  • can’t  – can not
  • we’ll – we will
  • he’s – he is
  • it’s – it is
  • could’ve – could have
  • hasn’t – has not
  • aren’t – are not


HINT: You can make them self correcting if you like by placing a color/shape sticker on the back of the crab and the corresponding arms for students to check at the end of the activity.

Free contraction came for learning contraction words

Contractions Practice

Worksheets and lesson on mollusks, crustaceans, and cephalopods for kids!

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Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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