Polly Apostrophe is part of the Punctuation Pirate Crew, the animated ppt shows Polly posting words into her 'Contraction Contraption'. What will the contraction look like when it leaves the machine? Children can make predictions on whiteboards before the new word is revealed.
After each contraction is revealed an animated slide shows what happens inside the machine, the children can watch letters drop away as the two words are pushed together and the apostrophe is added to replace them.
The PPT can be followed by the 'Contraction Contraption' worksheet, there are two variations of the worksheet.
For those using this resource as part of the Punctuation Pirate resource set, there is a Polly apostrophe song and poster included. This lesson works well as a stand alone lesson or as part of series of lessons on the Punctuation Pirates.