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How To Differentiate Consonant Blend Activities

Having the right mix of consonant blend activities helps you differentiate for a variety of levels.

Do you have some students who got consonant blends right away and now need more challenging practice? I’m sure in the same class you also have some kids who still need more practice with the basics. Having the right mix of consonant blend activities helps you differentiate for a variety of levels. 

Consonant blend activities for varying needs

One of the first ways to differentiate activities is through word choice. There’s a reason we start with CVC words and move on from there. When it comes to consonant blend activities, you’ll start with VCC words and then CVCC words and CCVC words. If students master these you can add to the mix words with five and six sounds and two or more syllables that include consonant blends.

Beyond word choice, you can adapt consonant blend activities for a variety of levels. Try this process: 

1. Whole word consonant blend activities

For the first level of consonant blend activities, provide students with worksheets, games, or puzzles that include a picture and the full, printed word. Students practice segmenting and blending the sounds to read the word. These are a good choice when students are first learning about consonant blends.

Having the right mix of consonant blend activities helps you differentiate for a variety of levels.

2. Traceable word consonant blend activities

Traceable word activities are similar to whole word consonant blend activities, but the word is printed in dotted text. Students trace the word as they say the sounds and then blend them together to say the whole word. Students get to practice both reading and writing the word, but with support. 

Having the right mix of consonant blend activities helps you differentiate for a variety of levels.

3. Fill in the word consonant blend activities

What’s the next step up? Students write the words themselves. You can continue to use pictures as clues for the word. Students may choose words from a word list or your word wall, or they may draw upon their memory and past practice with particular words to fill it in. Students will have boxes or blank spaces indicating the number of sounds, but other than that they create the word themselves. 

Having the right mix of consonant blend activities helps you differentiate for a variety of levels.

4. Using consonant blend word activities

Once students have practiced reading, writing, recalling and writing on their own, you can give additional practice by having students use consonant blend words. Challenge them to add additional words with consonant blends that you’ve studied to the list. Use consonant blend activities that use verbal descriptions instead of images. Give them writing prompts with the instruction to use your consonant blend words in their writing. Have them make up funny sentences with words from your list. Once they master the words themselves, get them using them!

The Consonant Blends Worksheets and Puzzles pack takes students through the first three steps. The consonant blend activities include build a word activity sheets that can also be cut into puzzles and actual puzzles with colorful images and words for additional practice. This consonant blend activity sheet covers VCC words, CVCC words and CCVC words with activities differentiated as described above. 

All materials are ready to print, laminate if you choose, and use. You get the worksheets, puzzles, word lists, and instructions. These consonant blend activities are perfect for 

  • Independent practice in class
  • Small group work
  • Part of a literacy center
  • Review 
  • Home practice

Get your Consonant Blends Worksheets and Puzzles today!

Do you have some students who got consonant blends right away and now need more challenging practice? I’m sure in the same class you also have some kids who still need more practice with the basics. Having the right mix of consonant blend activities helps you differentiate for a variety of levels.

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