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    contractions - understand the big word
    By R. Been

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    This is just a small part of my lesson that I present, but it helps the students remember what the word contraction means.
    I give the students a rubber band and they stretch it and release it. We talk about when the rubber band gets small it is contracting. So when we make a contraction it is making the words get smaller. Then we use the rubber band to frame words. First we put it around "can not" then we put it around "can't". Again the students see that to contract means to get smaller. We also relate the word to our muscles contracting.

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