This set of flashcards provides practice with consonant blends, consonant digraphs, and short vowel sounds - all rolled into one. Key to instruction is teaching blends as two or three consonant sounds put together with no vowel sounds in between. Consonant sounds by themselves carry very little volume. It is the vowel sounds that give oomph to words. Thus, when you say "br" loudly, you have inserted the R-controlled vowel in between - i.e. "bER." This is fine when stating the blend by itself, but how many of your students have difficulty figuring out new words when consonant blends are present - saying "bER-ack-ish" over and over, not knowing how to let go of the vowel sound in "bER" to smoothly blend into "brackish?" This practice set helps students learn to blend smoothly and easily to decode and spell new words.
• Mastery check-off sheet
• 34 consonant blend cards
• 300 flashcards -10 for each consonant blend (blend + short vowel/ real word example)
It is easy to turn boring into fun by making a game or challenge of this! Once students have gone over one blend set (ten cards per each blend) and have good mastery, I challenge them to go through the whole set without making a mistake for 10 points - one point for each card - and call it "The Blend Game."