R Controlled Vowel Word Work Worksheets

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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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Is the struggle real when trying to teach bossy r words? Have your students begging for word work time with this engaging r controlled vowel phonics activity, perfect for building both reading and spelling skills! These Highlight and Record pages go beyond just phonics worksheets by adding in a sense of fun. What kid doesn't love to use a highlighter?

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This literacy activity has students read sentences and short stories while highlighting the r controlled vowel sounds/word families. Then, they can sort the words by spelling pattern. They will love being "word detectives" and searching for evidence with highlighters :)

Sentences use sight words and decodable text to help build independent readers. After identifying sounds and spelling patterns, students can then sort the words into the correct category. Practice at both the sentence and story level to apply phonemic awareness and phonics skills.

This Phonics Word Work Activity Includes:

✅ 22 Single Sound Review pages

✅ 5 Mixed Review pages (mixed spelling patterns and sounds for sorting)

✅ Review at both the sentence and story level

✅ Mini Anchor Charts

✅ 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

✎ Distance Learning Packet pages


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

⭐ R-Controlled Vowel Flashcards
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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!

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

Advanced Patterns (Diphthongs, Vowel Patterns, & More)
Phonics Freebie

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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.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.


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