Help build phonemic awareness with color coded CVC Word Puzzles! Oftentimes, students have difficulty orally “stretching out” CVC words. I have found that using color coded CVC cards help students identify the beginning, middle, and ending sounds; therefore, making it easier for students to segment each CVC word. Being able to easily segment CVC words and blend sounds is crucial for successful decoding! Plus, the color coding helps with directionality!
Phoneme segmentation is the process of breaking a word apart into its individual sounds. It is the opposite of blending sounds together to form a word. However, the two often go hand-in-hand. Phoneme segmentation helps build phonemic awareness and is one of the first steps in the reading process.
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Give the students a select number of cards. I usually give them a set of word family cards, one word for each vowel, or a few of the same vowel. This way they do not become overwhelmed with too many cards and can easily focus on assembling the cards. Remind them that green is the beginning sound so this card will go first in the puzzle, yellow is the middle sound so this card will go in the middle of the puzzle, and red is the ending sound so it will be the last card in the puzzle. After they have correctly assembled a word, have them touch each letter and say the beginning, middle, and ending sounds. Green means “go and stretch it out.” Yellow means “say the sounds slowly.” Red means “stop at the end of the word.” The color coded letters help with reading left to right. After saying all three phonemes, they will slide their finger under the letters from left to right and say the word.
In this packet, you will find 107 CVC puzzle cards...
- 32 short a
- 17 short e
- 20 short i
- 17 short o
- 21 short u
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