Great resource to practice making short vowel words and consonant blends!
This resource contains:
Word Family Magnify Glasses
30 vowel sounds
8 special ending sounds
Consonant and Blend Cards
75 Make a Word Worksheets
8 Short Vowel Worksheets
7 Consonant Blends Worksheets
Making the Magnify Glasses:
I copy the magnify glasses and the consonant and blend cards on cardstock and laminate. Note: I cut the magnify glasses with the hole cut out before I laminate. After laminating you can just leave the center because it will be clear. The consonant and blend cards can be cut out and put in baggies or left as a whole sheet. Copy as many as you think you will need for your activities. (This is a great activity for a parent helper or volunteer to put together.)
The Make a Word worksheets can be copied on regular paper. There is a sheet for each word family for the consonants and one worksheet for each blend word family. There are also two other kinds of worksheets that include eight short vowels sheets and seven consonant blend worksheets.
How to use the Consonant and Blend Magnify Glasses:
Center Activity: You can choose or have students choose which magnify glasses they will use. In first grade we used the consonant blend glasses later on in the school year. They need a magnify glass, consonant or blend cards and one of the Make a Word Worksheets. I have included a worksheet for each word family, plus two other kinds of worksheets for each of the vowel sounds and blends. Students put a word family magnify glass next to the consonant or blend card and say the word. Then they write the word in the appropriate box on the worksheet. Then they choose another consonant or blend card and do the same. If students are doing the vowel sound and blend worksheets (end of the packet) I tell them they need to do at least 4-5 words with this word family before choosing a new word family card. This gives them practice with reading word chunks along with short vowel sounds. Note: You may choose not to use a worksheet and just have students write out words on a white board or practice reading words without writing.
Partner Work: I have used this activity as a partner activity or with our 4th grade buddies. Follow the same procedure as above, but alternating who is working the magnify glass and who is writing.
Make Short Vowel Words/Make Consonant Blend Words (1 sheet for each word family, including blends)Students use all the vowels/consonant blends to make word and write out words.
Real Words Or Nonsense Words: (One sheet for each vowel and each blend)--Students write the words made in the appropriate box. In our testing students are asked to read nonsense or silly words so this is a good practice for them.
Short Vowel Strips (6 strips, one for each vowel and all short vowels; 4 strips for each blend)—Give students the short vowel strip you would like them to use with the word family cards. Students are to write down words that they make with the magnify glass and consonant and blend cards.