At some point, we have to break it to our students that English can get a little messy — as can any language when you’re writing it out as it is spoken rather than the Official Proper Way. As usual, this calls for a conversation. Usually, I ask my students questions to try and get them thinking. Questions like:
- If I tell you “do not do that” what is the fast way to say it?
- If I tell someone that I was not going to do something, how do I say this quickly?
- If I say, “I haven’t seen you for awhile,” what does “haven’t” mean? What two words are combined to make that word?
- If I didn’t do something, what is another way of saying that?
After we talk about it for a bit, I tell my students that these are called “contractions” — this is when we are speaking so quickly that we actually smoosh two words together and make them one sloppy word. And that sloppy word can look a little strange on the page, but just know that the apostrophe is actually replacing the o in the word not, which we’re taking out when we say it so quickly.
Here is the binder card for this lesson:
Get My Free Binder Guide!
The Teaching Reading with Bob Books method uses a special binder system in order to simply and easily tailor the frequency of review to the needs of each individual child. This free guide explains exactly what you need and how to build the TRwBB Binder so that you can get started teaching right away.