Phonics Word Work Worksheets Highlight & Record Freebie

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Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
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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 decoding, reading fluency, 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 word work practice on targeted sounds

✎ Homework, Morning Work, Station Work

✎ Supplement Word Sorting & Spelling Programs

✎ Whole group phonics lessons while projected on the board

✎ Intervention for struggling readers

✎ Neon GLOW Day Activity


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 reading group! I haven't seen any other activities like this- it's 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 used this resource as a part of our "Glow Day" activities/centers. My students loved highlighting the various phonics patterns as they watched their work glow under the black lights. Wonderful resource I will use for years to come!"



This set is just one part of my best selling Highlight & Record Word Work Bundle which includes phonics activities for:

Short Vowels

Blends and Digraphs

Long Vowels

R Controlled Vowels

Diphthongs & Vowel Teams (Advanced Patterns)

❤️ If you love this idea but prefer to go paperless, engage your students with digital word work activities for Google Slides™.❤️

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13 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.


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