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Contractions can be pretty tricky for first graders to nail down! To make it fun and give my students a bit of scaffolding, I created this free Contraction Conversation Hearts literacy center.
Since the "matching" hearts are the same color, the focus is less on students knowing the matches, but instead, more about giving them an opportunity to repeatedly see the correlations!
I don't really love the taste of traditional conversation hearts, but I'm hoping to eventually find some that are actually tasty! The "very berry" ones (pictured above) do look promising, however...
Anyways, to prep this center, I simply printed out the Contraction Conversation Hearts onto card stock and then laminated them for classroom use. Finally, I cut them apart and slipped them into a clear baggie for safe keeping!
When all my kiddos had a chance to try out the center, I gave them all a few candy heart treats just for fun!
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Heart Letter Puzzles // Pocket of Preschool
Valentine Hearts Ten Frame Clip Cards // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Heart Digraph Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Printable Valentine's Math Activities // Stay at Home Educator
Alphabet Hearts // Playdough to Plato
Valentine's Day Emergent Reader // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Heart Syllable Sort // Recipe for Teaching
Candy Hearts Count and Clip Cards // Modern Preschool
Heartbreakers Sensory Activity // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Hearts // The Primary Post
Valentine's Day Number Recognition Bingo Game // Schooling a Monkey
Valentine's Day Activities (Heart Craft & Cutting Practice) // Fairy Poppins
Heart Counting Cards // Powerful Mothering
Sorting Hearts Fine Motor Tray // Teach Me Mommy
Candy Heart Estimation Station // The STEM Laboratory
Contraction Conversation Hearts // The Simplified Classroom
Chocolate Heart Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Jar of Hearts: Editable Sight Words to Read and Write // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Hearts Make Ten Game // Sara J Creations
Heart Roll, Cover and Write Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Heart Ice and Oil Density Experiment // Science Kiddo
Candy Heart Sentences // Pages of Grace
Heart Sight Word Match // The Letters of Literacy
Heart Name Crafts // Fun-A-Day