Closed Syllable Word Cards & Word Work Notebook


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Included in this packet are 152 short vowel word cards and a word work notebook.

These words are strategically chosen. They target almost every word family for each of the 5 short vowel sounds. Therefore, you are teaching approximately 110+ short vowel word patterns.

Two different things can be done with the word cards.

1. The word cards can be cut apart as individual cards and sorted according to the 5 short vowel sounds. Instructions are included on how to do this. Then they can be used for various word skill activities of your choosing or for playing cards with simple game boards that you may have yourself. If you would like simple games to play with these word cards, then click the following link to download these simple free games:

2. Also the words cards can provide each student with word work notebook. Simple directions for making the notebooks are included. A great feature about these notebooks is that they can be used as data in knowing what to reteach or teach next.

This packet focuses on teaching the word work in Step 1 of teaching reading. Step 1 is teaching the first 5 sounds of reading which are the short /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, and /u/.

If you’re interested in teaching the next 5 vowel sounds, then purchase my packets that target Vowel-Consonant-e words.

There are a total of 22 vowel sounds to teach in order for readers to be successful. Reading Tools in a Box teaches these 22 vowel sounds in a basic understandable way for both the student to learn and for you as a teacher to present. So if you would like to know how to teach reading in a way that makes perfect sense, then you would love Reading Tools in a Box!

Note: This packet only contains word cards and word work notebook. There are no activities.

Total Pages
29 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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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.
Read words with inflectional endings.
Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.


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