Blend to Read Short A Words With Keyword Pictures

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Just Ask Judy
Grade Levels
K - 1st
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11 total; 9 usable
Just Ask Judy


This is a free sample with 16 word cards designed to support beginning or struggling students as they learn to decode short a CVC words in kindergarten and first grade. Each word card has a three letter short a word without consonant blends or digraphs. With these word cards, there is no mystery to solve or puzzle to figure out. There is a specific key word picture for easy reference above each letter to assist your students with letter-sound correspondence. There is a dot below each letter. Students will touch each dot and say the sound that letter represents, using the key word picture as needed. Then, they will blend the sounds together to read the word as they sweep their finger along the arrow. This easy to prepare resource includes cards in color and black/ white. Use these cards in your small guided, intervention, and resource groups. Be sure to check out the complete resource, Blend to Read CVC Words.

I have used a consistent set of key word pictures. You can download a free set of Letter/ Sound Picture Cards with the same key word pictures.

This resource was crafted by Judy, a teacher with a master’s degree and more than 35 years of teaching experience.

This resource includes 9 usable pages:

1 page teacher information

4 pages color short a CVC word cards (4 per page)

4 pages black/ white short a CVC word cards (4 per page)


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11 total; 9 usable
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.


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