Directions: Students should switch out the medial sound by placing the five vowels on the CVC Ladder mat. They should record the real words they make on a dry erase board or paper. If desired, you can have them make a ladder, like I did on my example. Alternatively, you can pre-draw the ladder on a white board using a Vis-à-vis marker. You may also want your students to construct each real word with magnetic letters or tiles. No worksheet or printer required! You may want to print the picture cards to help students create the initial word before you begin to play with medial sounds and change the words.
Word Building: (1) bag, beg, big, bog, bug (2) bat, bet, bit, but (3) cat, cot, cut
(4) cap, cop, cup (5) fan, fin, fun (6) ham, him, hum (7) hat, hit, hut (8) mad, mod, mud (9) pad, pod (10) pan, pen, pin, pun (11) rag, rig, rug (12) tag, tug (13) tab, tub (14) bad, bed, bid, bud (15) jet, jot, jut (16) lag, leg, log, lug (17) man, men (18) not, nut (19) pat, pet, pit, pot, put (20) rad, red, rid, rod (21) tan, ten, tin, ton (22) ban, bin, bun (23) dig, dog, dug (24) sin, son, sun (25) lad, led, lid (26) lap, lip (27) cab, cob, cub (28) rib, rob, rub (29) sat, set, sit (30) rap, rip (31) wag, wig (32) win, won (33) ran, run (34) hip, hop (35) rat, rot, rut (36) pap, pop, (regional dialects expressed), pep, pup (37) tap, tip, top (38) hag, hog, hug (39) nap, nip (40) wad, wed (41) pig, peg, pug (42) jog, jug (43) sob, sub
* I included a few more obscure words and some (like won and son) that don’t make the typical short vowel sound. Feel free to use them as you see fit, or feel free not to use them. I was just trying to be as inclusive with this list as possible.