When it comes to teaching kids how to read, I love finding new ways to make learning words a fun hands-on experience. If your kids know most letters and sounds and have a strong foundation in phonemic awareness. Then they are likely beginning to apply those skills and learn how to read. Teaching them CVC words is a great place to start. This is especially true if your students know the letter sounds well, and are looking for that next logical step.
In this Short A CVC Word Building Phonics Game children will identify, segment, build and write short vowel words for engaging spelling practice.
This CVC word building phonics game is perfect for prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade and was inspired by our popular CVC word building mats. Those mats focused on words with a mix of short vowel sounds, and I received multiple requests to create individual sets for each short vowel sound.
This new series of free printables will include specific word prompts for each short vowel so kids can focus on spelling CVC words with each new vowel they learn. Get your copy. Then add it to your file for teaching each short vowel sound in kindergarten and first grade. You’ll have an instant small group or literacy center activity printed and ready to go!
MATERIALS AND SETUP
Setting up this activity is so easy.
First, print out your free printable Short A CVC Word Building Phonics Game (available for available below). Add in either the word prompt cards or some small toys that relate to CVC words.
Be sure to introduce the words used to your children before asking them to do the activity independently. That way children are familiar with the words. We’ve also included a quick reference answer key for kids to refer to as needed.
Cover your CVC Word Building Mat with a dry erase pocket, sheet protector or laminate it for repeated use with dry erase markers. Gather letter manipulatives and a dry erase marker, and you’re set! Game cards can be placed in a bag or face down in a stack so kids can draw them at random.
HOW TO PLAY
For each prompt card kids will:
1) Place card in the top left box.
2) Tap each dot to segment the sounds in the word. This section is designed to help kids orally segment and break apart the sounds in the word. Isolating these sounds will help them spell the word in the next section.
3) Build the word with magnetic letters or another letter manipulative. We’re using magnetic letters here, but you could also use letter tiles, letter rocks or any small letter manipulative you have on hand.
4) Write the initial and final letters to spell the word. This provided additional fine motor practice and help with learning letter formation. (We recommend using a laminated sheet, not using a pencil.)
5) Erase and repeat with a new prompt card.
Optional: On the separate recording sheet have kids record which words they built during their time at the center. This provides extra writing practice and shows how many words they worked on.
Kids can also check their answers using the Answer Key if desired.
Get Your FREE Short A CVC Word Building Phonics Game
The free printable Short A CVC Word Building Phonics Game includes the board game in color and black and white as well as the optional recording sheet.
Click the pink button below to request your copy. (Be sure there are no pop up blockers preventing the window from opening.)
More Ways to Practice CVC Words
- Free Printable CVC Word Game-Mixed Vowels
- Free Printable Mixed Vowels CVC Word Building Mat
- Frog Hop Blending Words Activity
- Short A CVC Board Game
- Short E CVC Board Game
- Short I CVC Board Game
- Short O CVC Board Game
- Short U CVC Board Game
Help Students Apply What They are Learning with Our 4-in-1 CVC Short A Digital Activities Bundle
This set includes interactive digital and printable sets of activities to help children learn to read and spell short A CVC words. Choose from four different sets available in Google Slides, Seesaw and a PDF printable option.
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The activity pack is also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.