Phonics Blends and Phonograms
Holiday Package Puzzles
This center aligns with CCSS for kindergarten and First Grade.
RF.K.2c: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
This can be a Word Work activity in a K-1 classroom center rotation, used in a small intervention group, or used one on one.
Copy the title page and glue to a manila folder to be used for storing literacy center contents
Eight pages of packages are to be copied, laminated, and cut apart. This will be a total of 32 package puzzles. Separate each puzzle into two parts and place inside two small baggies labeled Beginning Blends and Phonograms.
Copy the Recording Sheet as needed for student use of the literacy center.
Children will match the blend onset with the rime/phonogram using the picture clue on the left half of the package. This can be easily differentiated by mixing several or just a few for the student(s) to work.
I have used this product with small groups of first graders. I start at first by passing out only an onset card to each student. Then I show one of the rime/phonogram cards and we begin blending everyone's initial onset card to my rime-word family card until we have the correct match. Of course there is a picture of that word on the first half (onset) that gives great feedback. Then I increase the level of difficulty by giving more cards, and giving students the word family rime cards. This center provides word work with beginning blend consonant onsets and several word families/phonograms. I use the recording sheets when I know the students can complete all the puzzles and copy the words down on the page. I usually put students into pairs and let them work this together.
It even gives students practice in separating initial blends. For example: scar is divided between the sc and ar. When hooking these 2 gift parts together I say, “Look, this is scar. But now say scar without the s. (I cover up the s on the first half of the
present. And we now have c…ar.” There are several that can be done this way: crib, sled, spot, slip, etc. It makes the learners really look at the spelling and process the
second letter in the blend.( Learners really have trouble segmenting between initial blends. This gives some extra practice on this skill.)