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Spelling and Phonics Activities for First Grade! Week 3: CVC Words

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As you know, spelling instruction should not be a random list of words sent home at the beginning of the week to be memorized and then forgotten after the test. Spelling should be taught in conjunction with the phonics skills that are being taught in the classroom. This resource is set up to teach a spelling rule/decoding skill weekly instead of sending home a random list of words. This may be uncomfortable for families, because this has traditionally been an area in which families have participated in their child’s education. They still can. In each of these units, I have created activities that can be used as homework, literacy centers, or both. Using these activities for both helps close the gap for children who do not get homework support at home.

This is my third week of first-grade spelling instruction.

This unit contains J, K, P, CH, U.
It also contains the C/K spelling rule.

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This resource contains the following posters, printables, and activities.

*Suggested Word List has both nonsense and real words for you to use during instruction. After teaching the first five letters from the phonics posters, I have students practice on white boards, progressing from dictating first letter/sound to words and then to sentences.

*Spelling/Phonics Rule Poster gives visual support for the rule you are teaching. This resource has three focus posters: “Is it a C or a K?”, “CVC: Closed Pattern,” and "VC: Closed Pattern." I immediately begin introducing types of syllables. (There are seven different types of syllables.) Closed syllables can follow the CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) or the VC (vowel-consonant) pattern.

*Class Posters give visual reinforcement for the letter/sound combinations. I hang them where they can be a reference point as I teach them.

*Assessment Paper has two sheets per page to save ink and paper.

Homework & Literacy Resources

*Parent Letter helps explain this new philosophy and gain parental support.

*Activities/Printables can be sent home in a packet for weekly homework or used in the classroom for literacy centers. I like to send my homework home on Tuesdays and ask for it back the following Monday. This is the day that I do my spelling tests. This gives working families the weekend to work with their children. It also helps my Monday not feel so frantic since I don't have to have homework ready until Tuesdays.

*Short Vowel Pinch Cards can be used for practice and assessment. This week a pinch card has been added for the vowels covered. (A, I, O, U). Three color options are provided to help you manage your ink usage. The full-color option is my favorite because it makes it easy to see the students’ responses.

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Created by Amber Rausch 2016 All Rights Reserved
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