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Swap, Share, Give – Phonics Activities

Swap, Share, Give – A Blog Linky From Down Under | topnotchteaching.comA few of us Aussie bloggers decided to have a little fun and swap some teaching items from our Teachers pay Teachers stores.

I was lucky enough to be paired up with Paula from Paula’s Place. Paula has an extensive range of products in her store and I especially like her phonics items. So I selected her CVC Words – 5 Tasks pack.


So the swap part of this post is Paula and I swapped an item from our stores and now we share our experience with the item. I hope you enjoy reading about Paula’s CVC Words pack as much as I have been enjoying using it with my students.

What you’ll get

When you purchase the resource, it is sent electronically as a PDF document. The PDF is 52 pages in length and includes:

  • A cover page;
  • Instructions explaining how to assemble and use each of the tasks;
  • Jigsaw task including 42 different jigsaws;
  • Interactive notebook task;
  • Roll and read game boards both in color and black and white;
  • Record words task that includes two types of recording sheets;
  • Word finds; and
  • Answer key.

A fantastic variety of tasks to help your kiddos learn their CVC words.

Putting it together

I spent quite a bit of time printing, cutting and just generally putting this item together. I chose not to laminate some of the pieces, but rather copied them on thick card stock instead. I find my little students find it too difficult to pick up laminated pieces from the table top, so the thick card works better.

Below you’ll find some pictures of the parts that you’ll get in this pack and how I’ve put it together.

Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
I printed the jigsaw puzzles on card stock and then cut apart. I paper clipped the bits together and have them stored in zip lock bags.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
I printed the interactive notebooks so they’re ready to be copied when needed.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
The Roll and Read sheets are printed and ready to go in both color and black and white.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
Record words sheets printed and ready to copy when needed.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
The word find sheets.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
I have all of the tasks stored in a display book. This is then easy for me to take to schools when I’m tutoring. I have each section labeled with a tab so it’s easy to flick to the part I need.

How I’ve been using it

Even though I’m using a specific programme with my tutoring students, I feel this is a resource that will complement the programme.

I’ve been using the tasks with my beginning readers who are just learning the sounds / letters and CVC words. I select the words that suit the part of the programme that we’re up to.

I have also been using some of the tasks with my Little Miss Four. She always tells me to trial tutoring tasks with her first before my students. She loves playing the tester. Below are some pictures of how we’ve been using some of the tasks.

Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
We enjoyed playing the roll and read. Rather than cross each word with a marker as suggested in the instructions, we placed a counter over each word.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
The interactive notebooks were a hit as well. This was a nice way for Little Miss to practice reading and writing her words. She also enjoyed drawing a matching picture.
Phonics Activities | topnotchteaching.com
The puzzles were great and again Little Miss Four enjoyed being able to complete this without much assistance from me.

I think what I like most about this item is the variety of activities that are included. There are fun games, practice sheets, opportunities for group work as well as individual. These would work extremely well in centers.

Want more ideas?

Paula also reviewed one of the items from my store. So if you’d like to see what Paula thought of my:

Myths & Legends Research Project, then head on over to her blog:

Paula’s Place.

Also, why not have a look at the other Aussie teachers that also participated in the swap by heading over to Bec’s blog:

Books, Bugs and Boxes.


Now the share part is where I share one of Paula’s freebies with you. Keeping with the literacy theme I think you’ll love her Daily Five resources. I’ve heard quite a bit about Daily 5, but have no idea what it is or how it works. If you’re looking for a different way to organize your literacy block, then this may be for you.

The first freebie provides you with an overview of what Daily 5 is. Click the link below to pick up this freebie.

Daily 5 Newsletter

The second freebie includes some Anchor Charts you can use to support your implementation of Daily 5. Click the link below to pick up this freebie.

Daily 5 (Pirate) Anchor Charts – Freebies


The best part of this linky is where you can win all of the teaching items that have been reviewed in the link up.  All you need to do is follow their Teachers pay Teachers store and blogs and enter the Rafflecopter below.

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Thanks for following along and good luck in the giveaway!

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