Related ELA Standard: L.2.2.C
An apostrophe is a punctuation mark that serves three basic purposes. Apostrophes are mostly used to indicate a level of possession such as in the sentence: That is Mark’s car. They can also be used for an omission of letters. Contractions were built on this. Words such as: can’t, we’ll, and shouldn’t are all formed with apostrophes. Apostrophes can also be used in a similar fashion for numbers. This happens often when we right dates such as: I was born in ’02. These worksheets help students understand the proper use of apostrophes.
Apostrophe Worksheets To Print:
Rocking Out -
These are the commonly occurring contractions that you find in most situations when you are either writing or reading.
Birdie About His Way
- The birds say lots of two word phrases. Tell them another way
to say them. Write the following words correctly by adding the
Monstrous - We
bring in the concept of possessive words. The underline words either show
possession or are contractions.
Delicious - A
little word and contraction matching activity here for you. Cut and paste the fruit that contains the correct contraction on top of the matching cake.
Dancing with Apostrophes
- Dance with the contractions for a tune or two. You will use the words in the parenthesis as a hint for what is missing.
into Apostrophes - Some of the choices even abandon apostrophes
all together. Those that linger on the outside often confuse many young students.
with Apostrophes - Write the words that make up each contraction
on line. All of these sentences center around what they are cooking for dinner.
with Apostrophes - Color the skates that are correctly written
with an apostrophe. You can use whatever color you would like.
Contractions - Write the two words in the cloud that make up
the contraction. Going in the opposite direction is always helpful for you to better understand this topic.
Contractions - Read the sentence and circle the correct contraction
to complete the sentence.
Contractions - Read the sentences and circle the correct contraction
for the underlined words.
Apostrophes - Circle the word(s) that need an apostrophe. Write
the word(s) on the line correctly using an apostrophe.
Apostrophes - Write the word(s) on the line that need an apostrophe
in the following sentences.
Contractions - Circle the contraction in each sentence and write
the words that make up the contraction on the line.
When Do We Use Apostrophes?
You cannot deny the significance of apostrophes when it comes to English grammar rules. However, the use of apostrophe is the most misunderstood concept of English grammar. If you will search for English grammar errors, you will find the use of apostrophes on top. This is because apostrophes are used in so many places. It can get confusing for even the experts sometimes. To make use of apostrophes easier for you, here are some of the most basic rules that should be followed.
People make the most mistakes with apostrophes in contractions. Contractions are two words that are joined together to form one shorter word. However, you can spot a contraction if there is an apostrophe there. For example,
Is not - Isn't
Are not - Aren't
I am - I'm
Will - we"ll
Let us- let's
The major use of apostrophes is when you are showing ownership or possession. An apostrophe is used to convert a regular noun into a possessive noun. The presence of an apostrophe indicates that there is some sort of possession. For example,
Elena's car keys
Charles Dicken's novel
However, most possessive pronouns do not use apostrophes. This can be confusing to some. That is the reason why many people make mistakes while using possessive pronouns. Possessive pronouns are written as they are. You should not use apostrophes with them.
Only some of the rare plurals use apostrophes. Most of the other plurals do not use an apostrophe. This is also a common mistake that people make.
Apostrophes are used to indicate years. If you are using only the last two numbers of the year, only then an apostrophe will be used. For example, the '70s. Otherwise, you are good to go without it.