CVC Sound It Out Mats

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The CVC Words Sound it Out Mats provide children with a fun and engaging activity for identifying, reading and spelling the most common CVC words. This is an ideal activity for beginning as well as struggling readers.

Children say the name for the picture and sound out the word. To help them spell the word, a choice of two letters is provided for the initial consonant, vowel, and ending consonant. 

Children can use transparent counters to cover the sounds or dry-erase markers to circle the sounds. Then, students can write or build the word using magnetic letters. This activity allows children to stretch out each sound and blend the CVC word.

Included are 435 CVC Word Mats that cover 145 CVC Words.

  • 36 Short A Words
  • 23 Short E Words
  • 33 Short I Words
  • 24 Short O Words
  • 29 Short U Words

The CVC Sound it Out Mats come in 3 versions:

•blank for building words

•handwriting lines for writing the complete word

•letter boxes to support students with spelling the CVC words and proper letter formation.

This activity is ideal for literacy centers, small groups and word work.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.


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