This phonics blending interactive activity allows students to click or select and drag letters with ease to help them blend sounds to make words. Simply select a letter...then click on it to drag and move it. This interactive activity was specifically designed as a PowerPoint. The sounds in this PowerPoint activity correspond to Theme 1 of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series. Theme 1 focuses on the short a and i sounds. I have created moveable letters that students can drag around the "a" or "i" to form words. After dragging a letter to form a new word, I have the student sound the word out. This phonics activity helps students focus on the short vowels as they blend beginning sounds and say the ending sound that goes with the word.
*This PowerPoint uses the VBA code to move letters during the slide show using the mouse. Once you open the file, please select "Enable Content" and you will be able to use and edit it.
In my class I have student numbers. I have sticks with each of the student's numbers on them. I remind the students of the short vowel sound letter a makes. I choose the ending sound or letter, for example t. I drag the letter t down to the right of the letter at to make the word at. I ask the students what the sound of the letters a and t together make. Then, I pull a stick and call a student up to drag down a letter that goes in front of the letters a and t. The student then sounds the word out. I have the class repeat the word and then I pull another stick.
There are 4 pages included in this PowerPoint file. Each one corresponds to the stories in Theme 1 of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series. The last page has each letter of the alphabet. If your students need more of a challenge, you can select a letter or letters from page 4 and then copy and paste them onto another page. This way the students can make more words. So, if I wanted my students to practice and make words with the short vowel a and the letter p as the ending sound. I would copy and paste p from page 4 and then have pull a stick to have a student drag a letter to form a new word with the ending sound p.
I have listed the letters and some sample words to have the students create in each page in small letters under the title (to the upper right of the page).