Monday, January 21, 2013

Hoot Owl Possessives - Freebie

One of the easiest ways I've learned to get students to distinguish between singular and plural possessive nouns is to have them highlight the apostrophe in the word. Next, use a different color highlighter to highlight everything to the left of the apostrophe. That helps them see the base word before the apostrophe is added.
Here is a quick activity to use with the highlighters.
Just click on the link above to get the file.

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  1. I LOVE THE highlighter idea! I dread teaching apostrophes since then you end up seeing them everywhere...and usually where they don't belong!

  2. Thank you so much for the freebie! We have been working on possessives this past week and they are always a killer! I dread it every year. I love the highlighting idea & can't wait to try it with my first graders :)

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    1. Suzy Q and Kate,
      I hope the highlighters help! I'm not sure I could teach without highlighters and post it notes!