Once children know their letter sounds, they can start to put them together and learn to read. CVC words are the first words that children learn to read and they do this by segmenting and blending the three phonemes that make up the CVC word. Blending involves pushing together individual sounds and syllables within words and segmenting involves breaking words down into individual sounds or syllables. The CVC Words Blend and Read Dot Cards and accompanying worksheets will help students practice and master segmenting and blending CVC words. This will boost their confidence and give them a strong foundation for becoming a fluent reader.
Before learning to read CVC words, children should have prior explicit instruction in letter-sound relationships with the consonant and short vowel sounds. Once your students have strong letter recognition skills and a developing knowledge of their corresponding sounds, they are ready to begin learning to read CVC words. This is accomplished by teaching children to blend the consonant-vowel-consonant sounds in CVC words.
The CVC Words Blend and Read packet includes blend and read cards for 152 CVC words that children can use for practicing segmenting and blending.
The CVC Word Blend and Read cards come in two versions:
- CVC word cards with a dot beneath each letter
- CVC word cards with a dot beneath each letter and an arrow beneath the dots
How to use the CVC Word Blend and Read Cards
The CVC word blending cards have three dots to help children isolate the sounds in the CVC word. The dots serve as a visual reminder for students to stop and pause between individual sounds when blending or segmenting CVC words. The second set of CVC Blend and Read cards includes an arrow to show the direction in which to blend the sounds to read the CVC word. To use the cards, have the student firstly follow the dots to segment each letter sound, then follow the arrow to blend the sounds together to read the CVC word.
In addition to the word cards, there are Blend and Read worksheets to reinforce blending and segmenting CVC words. Children cut and paste the pictures beside the matching CVC word. As with the word cards, there are dots beneath each letter to help children with isolating and blending the sounds in the CVC word.
The packet includes 36 worksheets. The CVC Blend and Read worksheets include:
- 6 short A worksheets
- 5 short E worksheets
- 6 short I worksheets
- 4 short O worksheets
- 5 short U worksheets
- 10 Mixed CVC worksheets
The CVC Words Blend and Read cards are ideal for Kindergarten and First Grade students. They can be used with individual students and small reading groups. The Blend and Read worksheets can be used in the classroom to reinforce a lesson or for homework.
Another great resource for CVC word work is the CVC Word Building Bundle.