Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Apostrophe

We're learning about contractions this week. I was completely exhausted after sending my students to their groups to be contraction detectives and find contractions in books. Here are a few (ahem) "highlights":

I lost 5 minutes of my life trying to convince a student that an apostrophe is NOT in fact a floating comma!

Quotation marks are not "a double apostrophe".

"one, two, three" is not a contraction! Those are commas used in a series. They are not apostrophes!

We'll be revisiting contractions and the apostrophes that go with them tomorrow...and the next day....and probably the next day after that!