This phonics blending activity allows students to touch and drag letters with ease to help them blend sounds to make words. This interactive activity was specifically designed for the SMARTBOARD. The sounds in this SMARTBOARD activity correspond to Theme 4 (Story #3 - "Bud's Day Out") of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series.
*This SMARTBOARD file is best viewed full screen.
Theme 4 - Story 3 focuses on triple s clusters, short u and has a review of s clusters. I have created moveable letters that students can drag around the u to form words that have the short u sound. 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 u vowel as they blend beginning sounds and say the ending sound that goes with the word.
The triple s clusters and s clusters pages work a little differently. The first time I show this activity I model with my pointer. I select one of the triple s clusters or s clusters. I say the sound. I have the students repeat the sound. Then, I go to the next column or the vowel partner column. I choose a vowel and say the sound of the vowel. The students repeat the sound. I go back to the triple s cluster or s cluster and blend it with the vowel. Then I choose an ending sound. I say the sound. The students repeat the ending sound...then I blend the whole word together. I call on a student to tell me what word I just blended together. Then, I write that word in the "write it" column.
There are 4 pages included in this SMARTBOARD file. Each one corresponds to the stories in Theme 4 Story #3 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 u and the letter k as the ending sound. I would copy and paste k from page 4 and then Students could make a whole bunch of other words with the short u sound.