Compounds vs. Contractions
To help students learn contractions and compounds, I have them become as hands-on as possible. Students learn the difference between compounds and contractions by physically rearranging the words.
When learning comPOUND words, I have the students POUND the words together. They choose different index cards that are cut to match each other. They pound the word together and then write the new word on the whiteboard. Students work with partners using a bag of index cards. Students "pound" the word, write it, illustrate it, and use it in a sentence.
When practicing contractions, I have students physically place a magnetic X over the vowel being eliminated and replace it with an apostrophe in the contraction. Students work in pairs with magnetic boards to create contractions.