Yesterday, first grade students learned that a contraction is a short way of writing two words as one. When a letter or letters are cutout from the words, they leave a “scar” called an apostrophe.

To illustrate this point and make the lesson fun, students put on surgical masks and their official doctor badges, and performed surgery on words such as “Can Not” and “You Will” to turn them into contractions. After removing the unnecessary parts, the patients (i.e. the contractions) were put back together using a bandage and an apostrophe. The kids had so much fun learning with this lesson!  Special thanks to Ms. Labowski & Mrs. Alexander for the cute pictures.