Phoneme Substitution | Sound Substitution Activities and Worksheets

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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Practice phoneme substitution with this low-prep page of sound substitution activities and worksheets. Substituting sounds or phonemes orally is an essential pre-reading phonemic awareness skill. Students need lots of opportunities to practice phoneme substitution, and these activities are the perfect fit.

This resource is perfect for:

✔Kindergarten and first grade teachers

✔Resource teachers providing remediation with phonemic awareness skills like substitution.

✔Teachers looking for a quick to prep option.

✔Teachers who want BOTH hands-on activities and a few worksheets for independent practice.

What's included in this pack:

7 low-prep phoneme substitution activities A key is provided for all of the pictures, so there is no confusion for the teacher about what the picture is supposed to be.

  • Initial phoneme substitution
  • Medial phoneme substitution
  • Final phoneme substitution
  • What phoneme changed?

5 Worksheets with answer keys

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The activities included are:

✅Sound Switch - 3 centers - Switch beginning, middle and ending sounds - Students spell CVC and CVCC words that match the picture and then read the directions to find out what sound to switch. They switch that sound and clip the new word. This center would be great played in partners if students are not yet reading - a stronger student reads the instructions, and then the non-reading student clips the answer.

✅What Changed - Students look at two pictures and decide what sound changed (beginning, middle or end) to create the new word. They then clip or circle to show the sound that has changed.

✅Switch it Up - This center requires students to spell CVC and CVCC words. Once they have spelled all 4 words, they look back to see what sound changed from one word to the next and circle that letter.

✅3 in a Row Sound Switch - This game is like tic tac toe. Students choose a game board and flip all 9 cards upside down. Students take turns reading the card to find out what to switch to make a new word. When they figure out the word, they put a chip or marker on that picture on the game board.

✅Sound Switch Strips - This activity will have students start with a target picture, change one sound (a star indicates the position of the change B-M-E), put the new word on the strip and then change the sound again. This can be used 2 ways - EASIEST - place the 4 cards needed with the strip, or HARDER put a collection of cards out to make it harder to determine the word.

✅5 Worksheets - Practice the same skills in worksheet form with an answer key to make marking a breeze.

Are you looking for more centers to practice Phonemic Awareness skills? Check these out:

Phonemic Awareness Centers for Rhyme

Phonemic Awareness Centers for Syllables

Phonemic Awareness Centers for Sound Identification

Phonemic Awareness Centers for Sound Segmentation

These centers complement my simple-to-use Phonemic Awareness in 5 Minutes Cards: 138 word lists cards covering 13 different skills. You can find them here:

Phonemic Awareness in 5 Minutes Word Lists


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.


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