Are you looking for strategies to help students who do not understand contractions and compound words? If so, keep reading.
1. Get the learner to find the words that are used to make the most common contractions they use (e.g., can’t, won’t, wouldn’t, etc.).
4. Include a contraction and/or compound word in each week’s spelling list for the learner to learn.
5. Teach the learner how compound words are made by writing two words on construction paper and sliding them together.
6. Get the learner to be a peer tutor to teach another learner a concept they have learned. This can serve as reinforcement for the learner.
8. Make sure the learner is not required to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.
9. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the learner to hurry and commit errors.
10. Get the learner to question any directions, explanations, and instructions not grasped.
12. Praise the learner for beginning, staying on, and finishing tasks.
13. Get the learner to practice a new skill or task alone or with an aide, the teacher, or a peer before the entire group attempts the learning experience or before performing for a grade.
15. Praise the learner for demonstrating knowledge of compound words and contractions: (a) give the learner a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).
16. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the learner’s progress. The parents may reinforce the learner at home for improved comprehension of contractions and compound words at school.
17. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too complicated and (b) if the duration of time scheduled to finish the task is sufficient.
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