Blending boards are an invaluable classroom resource for helping younger and less-able readers develop phonemic awareness skills. Reading or writing even the simplest words requires this critical ability.
Let's face it though, phonemic awareness instruction can be a bit of a snooze-fest. Why not spice up your teaching with these create-your-own-animal blending boards. Using the The Mix-And-Match Blending Board Book of Animals, your students can create over 300 wacky combination-creatures.
Each blending board is segmented: head, torso, and tail. The sections of the animal represent the initial, medial, and final phoneme of the word you're teaching. I recommend giving the students manipulatives like beans or marbles to place on each section for every sound they hear. Then they can practice their blending skills as they touch each marker in the sequence they hear the corresponding sounds.
This is a 10-page, full-color, horizontally-oriented PDF. It includes seven different animals: moose, tiger, dinosaur, elephant, pig, rhinoceros, and unicorn. It's ready to be printed, stapled, and used right away.
I recommend stapling along the top edge several times, and then cutting the inside pages (along the dotted lines) for a quick-and-easy set up. You can also laminate and bind the pages for durable, repeat use.
Learn more about the Mix-And-Match Blending Board Book of Animals or pick up your copy on my website: