Year Long Word Building Station for Spelling

Kristen Sullins
Grade Levels
K - 2nd, Homeschool
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Looking for a fun and engaging word building activity? Give students the structured support they need to independently build new words and learn it through repetition by writing it with pencil, crayon and marker.

What’s the benefit of building words with targeted phonics and spelling patterns:

• Phoneme blending in addition to onset and rhyme (word family) matching

• Hands on practice with key phonics skills

• Consistency! Every spelling pattern taught in first grade is included in this product so you can follow the same routine every week of the school year!

Once students are able to blend three phonemes to read a CVC word, the next step is to start “chunking” the word into parts to read it faster. For example, instead of sounding out c-a-t, students should be able to recognize the rhyme and only have to blend c-at. It helps them read faster!

By giving students the support of providing the rhyme (word family), they are able to build new words by adding the onset and forming new words!

(In case you are wondering what an onset/rhyme is… it’s a fancy way of identifying what we normally refer to as word families. The Rhyme starts at the first vowel and includes all of the subsequent letters. The Onset is all of the letters before the first vowel. For example, in the word cat, the onset is “c” and the rhyme is “at”.)

How to Use:

Students are given the phonics/spelling pattern and they must add one letter (or more) to the word family to create a new word. Then the student must write the new word three times (in pencil, crayon and marker).

I have found in my own classroom that students love this activity because using pencils, crayons and markers is fun and engaging to them.

Use for: 

· Whole Group Writing Lessons

· Independent Writing Time

· Writing Station/Center

· Morning Work

· Early Finisher Activities

Featured Pages: 

*Because this product includes ALL phonics skills and spelling patterns taught in first grade, you will be able to print activities for each week of the school year.

7 Short a pages: at, an, ag, am ,an, ad, ap

5 Short e pages: en, et, est, eb, ed

5 Short I pages: in, ip, ig, it, id

5 Short o pages: ox, og, op, ot, om

8 Short u pages: um, us, ub, un, up, ut, ug, ud

6 Digraph pages: beginning ch, ending ch, beginning sh, ending sh, beginning th, ending th

20 Blends pages: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, tr

6 Long a pages: ake, ane, ape, ate, ame, ave

6 Long e pages: ean, eet, ee, ea, eal, eed

6 Long i pages: ive, ime, ine, ide, ice, ike

6 Long o pages: one, ode, ose, ote, oke, obe

6 Long u pages: use, ute, ube, une, ude, ume

7 R-Controlled pages: 2 ar, 2 er, ir, or, ur

20 Vowel Pair pages: ai, ay, au, aw, ea, ee, ie, igh, oa, ow, oe, oo, oo, ou, ow, oi, oy, ue, ui, ew

*Disclaimer: these products are also included in the following bundles:

CVC Short Vowel Phonics and Spelling Kit

Blends Phonics and Spelling Kit

Digraphs Phonics and Spelling Kit

CVCe Long Vowel Phonics and Spelling Kit

R-Controlled Vowel Phonics and Spelling Kit

Vowel Pairs Phonics and Spelling Kit

Year Long Phonics and Spelling Kit


For Texas Teachers, this product relates to the following 2019 TEKS:

1.11Dx (K.11Dix, 2.11Dxi) correct spelling of words with grade appropriate orthographic patterns and rules and high-frequency words with adult assistance.


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Mega Guided Reading Bundle

Grasping Grammar Year Long Bundle

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All About Alliteration


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.
Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage -> badge; boy -> boil).


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