Highlight & Record Phonics Word Work Freebie

Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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13 pages

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  1. Vowels, blends, and digraphs oh my! Get your struggling readers to beg for word work and spelling practice with the simple magic of a highlighter! Bring excitement to your phonics, phonemic awareness, and decoding lessons by using these engaging word work activities. Beginning readers will love bein
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Have your students begging for word work time with this engaging phonics activity, perfect for building both reading and spelling skills! These free phonics worksheets are an engaging way to teach literacy skills whole group, or spice up your word work time and stations.

Students will read short sentences while searching for examples of different spelling patterns. Then, they can highlight their findings and sort the words into the correct category. They will love being "word detectives" and searching for evidence. Plus, what kid doesn't love to use a highlighter?

Sentences use basic sight words and decodable text to help build independent readers.

This Phonics Word Work Activity Includes:

Highlight & Record Phonics Review/Sorting Pages
→ Short Vowels
→ Double Consonants
→ Vowel Teams
→ Digraphs
→ Long Vowels (CVCe)
→ R-Controlled vowels

✅ Teacher Directions for use

✅ Color Coded Answer Keys


Suggested Uses:

✎ Small group practice on targeted sounds

✎ Spelling homework

✎ Morning work

✎ Supplement with Word Sorting Programs

✎ Whole group phonics lessons while projected on the board

✎ Differentiated independent work (during literacy stations)

✎ RTI Practice for struggling readers

✎ Simple support for ESL students

✎ Print and laminate for paper-saving center practice with dry erase markers


Want to know what other teachers are saying?

❤️ "Great resource! I was so impressed with this "freebie" that I purchased the entire bundle and use it every week in my classroom. When the kids follow directions and complete the worksheet neatly, it makes a marvelous work sample with all of the different colors and neat writing on the lines."

❤️ "This resource is PERFECT for my resource reading group! I haven't seen any other activities like this something new for my kids to do while practicing specific reading sounds we're working on."

❤️ "My students shriek with joy when we use highlighters! Thank you for sharing this fantastic resource! "

❤️ "I love that this is an activity students can work on independently or that I can do with a small group. I love that they can use highlighters, too! They will be so excited! Thank you!"


This set is just one part of my best selling (and money saving) Highlight & Record Bundle which includes:

Short Vowels

Blends and Digraphs

Long Vowels

R Controlled Vowels

Looking for additional first grade math or literacy activities? Here are a few of my favorites:

Napkin Book Writing Prompts for all seasons

Elementary Sight Word Literacy Center

Types of Sentences Punctuation Literacy Center
1st Grade No Prep Math Printables and Worksheets
Seasonal Ten Frames for use with Mini Erasers and more!

❤️❤️ Good News!- My Highlight & Record Word Work Series has gone digital! ❤️❤️

If you love this idea but prefer to go paperless, my entire Highlight & Record series has gone digital! Engage your students with activities for Google Slides™ during word work time.


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Total Pages
13 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.


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