These double-sided cards are a great way to help students develop awareness of the sound (phonological) structure of words. In this activity students are introduced to the concept that words can be divided into parts and are given practice in blending and segmenting syllables/words within compound words.
Sixteen compound words are featured in this set.
To make the cards you will need to
• Print the relevant pages.
• Cut along the red lines.
• Fold carefully along the horizontal black line, making sure the central vertical line on both sides of the card is aligned. (The yellow-framed picture should be on one side, the blue-framed pictures should be on the reverse.)
• Glue the halves together securely.
• Laminate, if desired.
• Cut along the vertical black line to separate the compound word into two parts.
To practice syllable/word blending, keep the blue-framed pictures face-up. (The blue-framed card pairs feature a picture of each individual word component of a compound word, e.g. “rain” and “bow”). The goal is for the student to blend the words to form a new word with different meaning (e.g. the compound word “rainbow”). After blending, the student can flip the cards over to check his response and to reveal the picture of the new compound word.
To practice segmenting into syllables/words, start with the yellow-framed pictures face-up. (When placed together, the yellow-framed card pairs feature an illustration of a compound word, e.g. “starfish”). The goal is for the student to segment the compound word into its two component words. After segmenting, the student can flip the cards over to check his response and to reveal the pictures of the component words.