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    Bossy R Magic Wands


    "Very good resource! Used in guided reading groups and also in independent groups as practice. Very engaging and really supportive of reading abilities."


    This resource provides meaningful Guided reading phonics lessons that truly impact your students' abilities. These word segmenting sound boxes will help kinder & 1st grade students become on-level or above level readers. Kids love these colorful activities that go from small group to literacy center in a snap.

    (Click on the preview button what's included in this bundle.)

    This bundle is a huge value. When you purchase the bundle, you'll save over 25% off of the individual unit prices. And... using this well thought out, helpful resource, your students will learn over 40 phonemes for phonemic awareness.

    Included in Each Resource:

    • Simple 4 Step Teacher Directions
    • Sorting Letter Cards - (2 per page)
    • Picture Cards (2 per page)
    • Word Segmenting Cards (4 per page - about 3 inches square)
    • Practice Pages with Answer Keys
    • Answer Keys for all Word Segmenting
    • Color Coded Borders for EASY Sorting

    Each resource has a different number of picture cards. This number is dependent on the number of pictures available. Come sounds do not have as many examples words as others.

    Solve your problem of coming up with Guided Reading Word Work and Learning Centers to practice the phonics skills that you've covered. At the same time, you'll be giving your students the tools needed to be successful readers and spellers!

    Kristen said: "I loved that these were "sound" cards, not just letter cards. It helps with the concept that two or more letters combined can make only one sound."

    Included Resource:

    ⭐ Sound Boxes Bundle (Individual Links Below)


    Vowel Teams / Vowel Pairs

    Y as Long e

    Phonemes Included

    Short Vowels

    • a cat
    • e pet
    • i sit
    • o top
    • u bus


    • a - e cake
    • i - e pine
    • o - e bone
    • u - e cute

    Bossy R

    • ar park
    • er fern
    • ir girl
    • or fork
    • ur burn

    Final Digraphs

    • ch
    • ck
    • sh
    • th

    Consonant Blends

    • l blends glue
    • r blends crab
    • s blends scar

    Vowel Teams / Vowel Pairs

    ☀ -ay play

    ☀ -ai pail

    ☀ -ea bean

    ☀ -ee cheese

    ☀ -igh light

    ☀ -y sounds like i shy

    ☀ -oa boat

    ☀ -ow tow

    ☀ -ui fruit

    ☀ -ue clue


    ☀ -ou cloud

    ☀ -ow frown

    ☀ -au launch

    ☀ -aw claw

    ☀ -oy joy

    ☀ -oi foil

    ☀ -short oo book

    ☀ -long oo coon

    Y as Long e

    • ey as long e valley
    • y as long e happy


    • CVCC raft
    • CCVC clip

    How it works:

    1. Introduce the Target Sound. EX. ar in farm - Color the letters ar on the card with a dry erase marker.
    2. Teach students to ISOLATE Sounds in words. farm = /f/ /ar/ /m/ 4 letters / 3 Sounds
    3. Discuss how many "SOUNDS" are in the word.
    4. Segment & Spell the word using the sounds. Note that some sounds require 2 or more letters.
    5. Use segmenting cards and write the letters in the boxes. Each box will have a sound, not just a letter.
    6. Move picture cards to a center for reading, coloring in sounds, and sorting.
    7. Move segmenting cards to center for word segmenting practice. Students can use picture cards if they can't remember the name of a picture.
    8. Use practice pages to review, assess, etc.


    Q: Are these resources aligned to the standards?

    A: Yes. Learning to segment sounds is covered in the Common Core and TEKS standards..

    Q: Can I use these resources if we use Lucy Caukins' Reader's Workshop?

    A: Yes. You can use them as a phonics lesson as whole group or small group instruction. The word segmenting cards can be used as morning work or early finishers work if you don't have literacy center time.

    Q: Will this resource last the entire year?

    A: That depends on how much time your students need to spend on each phoneme. Some students will complete all of the sounds, while others may not complete the entire set.

    Q: Are answer keys included?

    A: Yes. All word segmenting keys included.

    Q: How do I store the cards?

    A: I store them in zip baggies. The picture cards and segmenting cards fit well in a quart-sized baggie.

    Q: What supplies do I need to use this resource?

    A: It's such an easy set up. Print in color and laminate. Add Dry erase markers, dry erasers.

    Q: How can these activities help ME?

    A: Using these activities can be your guided reading word work for the entire year for most students. They can also serve as literacy centers and assessments.

    Q: Is there a certain order to introduce the phonemes?

    A: No. You can introduce the phonemes based on the needs of your students.

    Q: Are any additional Word Segmenting Activities available?

    A: Yes. I have these

    Word Segmenting Worksheets available as well as several sets of Word Segmenting Boom Cards.

    ⭐ This resource will have a positive impact on your young learners when used as small group phonics lessons ( guided reading word work ). The skills that are learned using these engaging phonics activities can be applied to reading and even raise student's reading levels.

    ⭐ Once you've introduced the phonics activities in your small group, they can be moved to a literacy center for even more practice. Kids love working with the sound boxes so much that you will even see them using the strategies when they are writing.

    ⭐ My students have grown so much as readers and spellers. I got the idea of sound boxes from Jan Richardson's "The Next Step in Guided Reading." I took it one step further by putting more than one letter in a box. CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG POST ABOUT USING SOUND BOXES!


    Kathleen tells about her success:

    "I purchased this to help my students during group time so that they could have time working with r controlled sounds. They loved playing with them. It was a great resource and I would highly recommend it."

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
    Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
    Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
    Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.


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