Its and it’s are two of the most confused homophones. These two small words look very similar but that apostrophe completely changes the meanings. ‘Its’ and ‘it’s’ like other homophones are two words with different meanings and different uses.
Just a simple understanding of these two words is enough to discriminate between them.
Its is the possessive form of the pronoun it. ‘Its’ indicates possession.
It’s (with an apostrophe) is a contraction for it is or it has. It has no other use. If you cannot expand it to ‘it is’ or ‘it has’ in your sentence, then it is wrong.
Read the sentence carefully. Can it be used with it’s? It’s is the short form for ‘it is’ or ‘it has.’
I think it is a good day for a hike.
In the above sentence, we can expand it to ‘it is’ in our sentence so, it’s is the correct answer.
The baby got its first tooth.
Do you know its name?
‘its’ is used to show possession.
There are 4 cards on each of the 6 A4 sheets. You will need to print these sheets and cut them into cards. Print these it’s its cards on card stock and laminate them for durability.
The task cards are numbered and the answers have been provided within the pack.
There are sentences with more than one homophones missing. It will give the child good practice and also clear the confusion between ‘it’s’ and ‘its.’
It is(It’s) fascinating to watch our cat wash its kittens.
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The above task cards will be more challenging for teaching primary since both ‘its and it’s’ have been used in a single sentence.
Have the children read the sentences and write the answers in their notebook or on the above sheet.
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