It’s exciting to see kids start to take off with reading words. I often start off in the classroom with CVC words playing I Spy, and this can easily be adapted for home. Say something like, I spy with my little eye, a mmm – uuu – g. Then blend the sounds together to get mug. Have kids try segmenting out the sounds and then blending them together to say the whole word. Some objects you might see around the room or home are rug, mat, cup, hat, sun, can, dog, bin. I’m sure you can find or think of others.
One thing that helps kids learning CVC words is lots of CVC practice. From worksheets to games and puzzles, I like to mix it up. Here are a few done for you CVC activities!
CVC activities – playdough mats
Since many schools are going to online learning or sending home enrichment activities for students to use and parents are scrambling to help their kids, I thought I’d start with a free resource full of CVC activities: CVC Playdough Mats – for the sounds a, i, m, n, o, p, s, t. Print on cardstock if you have it, and laminate or put in a plastic sleeve. This allows you to wipe down the sheet after the playdough—and that you can use dry erase markers on the sheets!
Show kids how to make snakes of playdough and shape them into the letters on the mat. Kids can also trace the letters with their dry erase marker. Practice saying each sound and then blending the sounds together.
Looking for other free phonics resources? Try these activities that cover several phonics topics:
- Long Vowel Activities & Games – printables and games for each of the long vowels.
- Reading And Spelling Games – including 4 in a row, bingo, fly the kite reading game, and sound bingo.
- Cootie Catchers – for CCVCC, CVCCC, CCCVC, CCVCCC, CCCVCC words.
- Fluency Activities – including information about fluency, fluency board template and monitoring graph (use for CVC words or any other words students are working on).
- Spin A Word Game – for the sound /ae/.
All of these activities are ready to print and use!
CVC puzzles are a lot of fun and help kids practice segmenting and blending words. You can make your own by printing CVC words with a picture above it and cutting it into strips, one letter per strip. Better yet, one of the done for you CVC activities I’ve created is a set of puzzles and worksheets.
Kids start by putting the puzzle back together, in the correct sequence, to make a CVC word. They then read the word aloud and finish by writing the word on a whiteboard. CVC activities like these puzzles can work for different abilities.
- Puzzles with a picture and the whole word for kids to read
- Puzzles with a picture and the whole word for kids to read and trace
- Puzzles with a picture and no word for your kids to write in the word.
CVC activities and more
CVC Puzzles are just one of the many done for you activities you’ll find in the Top Notch Teaching Members Club. You’ll find:
- lots more phonics and literacy activities—games and cootie catchers, worksheets and posters
- math games, task cards, and other activities
- science lessons and experiments
- PE lesson plans
All are ready to download, print and go.
Plus you’ll find classroom management tools and teacher tips for self-care. And every month new resources are added.
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