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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!

My students easily understood that they were to spread out the pieces and find the matches.  I reiterated that once they matched up all the hearts, they needed to say all of the words out loud to “stick them in their brains”.  

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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Be sure to check out these other heart activities as well!

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


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


Hearts Make Ten Game // Sara J Creations


Heart Roll, Cover and Write Mats // Fun Learning for Kids


Candy Heart Sentences // Pages of Grace


Heart Sight Word Match // The Letters of Literacy


Heart Name Crafts // Fun-A-Day

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