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Cupcake Contractions

I was running about the internet looking for a list of contractions.  I found a list.  Yet, thanks to a recent reader, I stumbled upon a Pinterest link for “Cupcake Contractions”.  I could not find any to print.  The cupcakes were beautiful.  I needed something simple and printable.  I made my own, as is often the case.

This is a Cupcake Contraction.

The frosting is the best part of the cupcake.  Just ask any kid.  The contraction is written in the frosting.  It is the favorite way that we will write these words.  The foundation for the cupcake is the cake bottom.  The foundation for the contraction is thus listed on the bottom of the cupcake.  The bottom is from where the contraction originates.

What do the pages look like?  They are all different colors.  I grouped the contractions as logically as possible.  For example, the “he” or the “she” are on different colored cupcakes.

Sample Page from Cupcake Contractions

Directions: Download the PDF.  Print the pages onto sturdy heavyweight cardstock.  Cut out each cupcake.  Cut each cupcake into a top and a bottom.

The two parts:



Proceed like you would for any matching game.  Mix up the pieces and put the cupcakes back together.

The more advanced contractions will be available soon!

For now, enjoy the more than 50 Cupcake Contractions that are ready now!

Download Cupcake Contractions

Remember, you can divide the cupcakes and add to your Memory Organizers.

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Why Diagramming?

Yes, many of us have never diagrammed a sentence since high school.  What was the purpose? Diagramming happened so long ago that you may not even remember or maybe you did not recognize the evolution in your writing that resulted.  However, you are questioning passing on this skill?  Right?  I knew you were.  I figured that would have something to do with you continuing to read.

Ultimately, the most valuable part of diagramming comes from using it alongside teaching the parts of speech.  Identification is so much easier.  You must point out that a sentence, while a complete thought, must contain a subject and predicate.  Diagramming illustrates the parts of speech, subject and verb.

Diagramming also demonstrates how the parts of a sentence function and the relationships.  A compound sentence is best understood by creating a diagram of the sentence.  You can visually see the joining of subjects and verbs.  This is easily extended to understand verbal nouns, prepositional phrases, various clauses, etc.

Think of diagramming much in the same was as you would an abacus or blocks for math.  It is a tool used to teach grammar.  Diagramming is an important part of teaching sentence construction too.  It is especially important and useful for a visual or kinesthetic learner.  As a matter of fact, a program similar to Winston Grammar or one laden with diagramming like Rod & Staff would be essential for teaching grammar for these types of learners.

Diagramming is only a tool for grammar.  It is not the point of the focus.  Grammar is the focus.  Correct grammar is the point of studying.

As well, don’t confuse writing tools such as narration, copy-work, imitation, and sentence combining with diagramming.  Tools for writing are not the same as tools for grammar.  While they may illustrate grammar in action, they do not show sentence construction in terms of grammar but rather stylistically.

Software and Downloads

Software and Downloads

Sentence Diagramming Software

SenDraw can be used to create diagrams for sentences that you have already analyzed. SenDraw will not automatically analyze and diagram sentences for you.

Diagramming Sentences Software

This program allows students to manipulate parts of a sentence into a standard Kellog-Reed sentence diagram. There are four levels: Simple sentences, compound/complex sentencesinfinitival/that-clause sentences, and miscellaneous sentences. The student uses a mouse to drag sentence elements into their places in the diagrams.

Information and Links

Information and Links

500 Sentence Diagrams

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Books and Resources

Books and Resources

Higher Lessons in English (Google Books)

Sentence Analysis by Diagram (Google Books)

Workbook and Text are available.
Grammar By Diagram

Sentence Diagramming

Diagramming Sentences

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