Dear Gaila - it's or its?
How do you teach students when to write “it’s” vs. “its”?
When I first teach my students about apostrophes I tell them that "an apostrophe appears when a letter has been popped out".
The case of it's and its is a spelling difference. My students need to think about what are they saying:
Are you saying "It is a baby" or "The puppy loved its baby"?
If it's the former, a letter – i – has been popped out and we need an apostrophe. Otherwise skip the apostrophe!
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