Will you be teaching CVC words this year? I love using phonics games to teach and practice CVC words.
Games are often a motivator for students and can be a less stressful way for students to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Games help students build memory and often encourage speed. For example, Concentration below requires students to remember where they saw a word, while Snap rewards fast reading and matching.
Here are some phonics games I use for CVC practice with my students.
4 fun phonics games
These games can be used in small groups or partners. They are great for your phonics/literacy station and they can also be sent home for students to play at home to consolidate their skills. Students and their families may be familiar with the play of some of these games, which means they can focus even more on the phonics skills.
Build the word
Students have a set of cards with CVC words on them and a set of letters needed to make the words.
One student picks a card and reads the word. Then they make the word using the letters and read the word again. A fun way of doing this is to use balloons for each of the letters like in this game I created.
If the student reads and makes the word correctly, they keep the card. Then the next student goes. The student with the most cards at the end wins.
Students may be familiar with this matching game. Create a set of cards with your CVC words. You’ll need two cards for each word. Students can play in pairs or small groups.
Have students spread the cards out on the mat or a table, with the words facing down.
Students take turns flipping over two cards and reading the words. If the words match, students keep both cards. If they don’t match, they turn them back face down. Students should pay attention to the words that others turn over to help them find matches.
When all the cards are matched up, students count the number of pairs they have. The person with the most wins.
Students may be familiar with a non-phonics version of this game. Create a set of cards with your CVC words. You’ll need at least two cards for each word. Students play in pairs.
Students shuffle the cards and divide them into two equal piles. Each student puts their pile, word side down in front of them.
At the same time, students flip a card. If the words match, students say SNAP! and then read the word. If the words do match, the student who said SNAP first gets both piles. The game continues until one player has all the cards. Alternately, students can play for a given amount of time.
Again, students may be familiar with a non-phonics version of this game. Create a set of cards with your CVC words. You’ll need 2–4 cards for each word.
CVC Word Go Fish is played like the kids’ card game. Students can either try to get pairs or sets of four. Just be clear in the instructions before students play the game.
Deal five cards to each player (or a student can be the dealer). The other cards are spread in the middle.
Students take turns asking for a word they need to complete a pair/set. If students have a pair/set, they can put it down. If they don’t get the word they are looking for, they “go fish” and pick a word from the center.
Play continues until one student runs out of cards.
You get Phonics Games – CVC Words plus:
- CVC Words: Activities & Games Set 1, Sounds: a, i, m, n, o, p, s, t
- CVC Words: Activities & Games Set 2, Sounds: b, c, g, h
- CVC Words: Activities & Games Set 3, Sounds: d, e, f, v
- CVC Words: Activities & Games Set 4, Sounds: k, l, r, u
- CVC Words: Activities & Games Set 5, Sounds: j, w, x, y, z
- CVC Words: Activities & Games Set 6, Sounds: ff, ll, ss, zz
- CVC Cootie Catchers
And that’s just the CVC section! The full kit is 1100+ pages of activities and games to help you teach phonics.