Decoding Drills and Strategies: Blends {Phonics Fast Reads}

Hollie Griffith
Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
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  1. This is the bundle of my daily phonics drills. Click on the individual units for a more in depth look at what is included in this bundle. Read about how I use these Fast Reads in my classroom HERE!Phonics Fast Reads: Letter Recognition and IdentificationThe first set of Fast Reads reinforces letter
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These Phonics Fast Reads are perfect for students who are learning to read and write words with consonant blends. Each Fast Read includes real and nonsense words and comes with a word sort activity. These decoding drills and repeated readings are designed to move students from slowly blending words to a level where decoding is habitual and automatic.

Included in this unit:

  • Directions and Examples
  • Beginning l blends - bl, cl, fl, sl, gl, pl {The last page includes harder words. You can add or delete these pages depending on student needs.}
  • Beginning r blends – br, cr, dr, gr, pr, tr, fr {The last page includes harder words}
  • Beginning s blends - sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sl, sw {The last page includes harder words}
  • Beginning blends mix up {The last page includes harder words}
  • Ending blends - ng, nk
  • Ending blends mix up (nd, nt, mp, lk, lt, lp, pt, sk, st, sp, ft)
  • Word Sorts

Why did I create these Fast Reads?

I created these cards for the first grade students in my own classroom. After introducing a new phonics pattern my students need practice reading and applying the skills that they have just learned. I love using these cards as a warm up in guided reading groups. Then, I like to give my students paper copies so they can practice reading at their seats, sort the words by patterns {Word sorting sheets are included!}, and use paint dabbers to find phonics patterns in their individual books.

The Research

I created these Fast Reads as a way to improve fluency. According the the National Reading Panel, a few things are critical of good reading instruction.

Explicit instruction in phonemic awareness

Systematic phonics instruction

Methods to improve fluency

How do I use these cards in my classroom?

Use them with individual students.

Use them as a warm up in guided reading groups.

Send them home with parents as a tool to practice at home.

These cards are perfect for parent volunteers. It takes all of the guess work out of instruction.

How do I prepare the Fast Reads?

I like to print on cardstock and combine the cards with a metal ring at the top corner. If you are printing them so that individual students can take them home, you can print on white paper and staple the side.

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