Reading Beginning Consonant Vowel CV Blends. After students learn the alphabet and sounds, it is time to blend consonants and vowels. Learning these blends next make it easy for student to begin to read. This unit gives you ideas, activities, games and printables that help you teach these blends to your students. I teach the blends whole group but mostly in guided reading groups. They allow me to see how my students are progressing and where we need to do more work. I have guided reading groups every school day. First in our groups we are working on letters and sounds. Then we go to these blends. This unit helps keep your guided reading groups exciting and fun for your students. Once they have these blends we add another consonant to get the CVC words.