Building words is the foundation to becoming a great reader and writer. In particular, CVC words. Once you have built the foundation of letter names and sounds, the next step is putting their letter sound knowledge to work by sounding out and blending to make words.
Once they’ve mastered this skill they really do feel like big-deal readers. And for good reason…they are! CVC words for Kindergarten is a pretty big deal!
Getting there can be a challenge for some of our students. They need practice and repeated exposure to master the skill. As teachers we know that the more hands-on, interactive activities we use, the more our students will be actively engaged. We also know that nine out of ten times the more engagement you see, the more success you’ll also see!
I am super excited to share with you a CVC Bundle that will help you teach, reinforce, and provide practice CVC words. The activities in this bundle are designed to provide your students with engaging activities that are fun, interactive, and effective.
There are 6 different packets in this bundle. They include word searches, whole group and partner games, centers, graphing activities, matching, and more.
The activities use basic classroom supplies such as plastic cubes, magnetic letters, dice, mini erasers. They are all easy to prep. A few of the activities are a “print and go” type, while others just need to be printed and laminated or put in page protectors.
You may notice that the CVC clip art or images used throughout all of the activities in this bundle is the same. This was 100% intentional! My goal is for students to become extremely familiar with the picture names so that they can put their focus on learning and mastering the skill, rather than guessing what the picture is.Here’s a look at the six different resources included in the CVC Bundle:
There are two types of mats included in this resource for a total of 69 mats. For one type of mat, students will match the CVC word to the picture. The other type of mat has students matching the CVC picture to the word. Students will need plastic cubes for this activity.
Pictured above is the first style of mat that you’ll find. Students will read the CVC words on the right of the mat. They will cover the matching pictures using the color code. As pictured, the words on these mats are grouped by word family – but don’t worry, also included is a version where the vowel is the same but the word families are mixed. These mats will really allow you to hone in on a particular word family or vowel.
This activity is similar to the one pictured above but students will practice mixed vowels. Use these after your students have mastered the two types of mats described above.
The last “type” of mat included has students identifying the picture name to determine the beginning, middle, and ending sound in the CVC word. They will find the corresponding CVC word and cover it using the color code.
I particularly love when I can incorporate math into my reading activities (or vise versa). This activity will help you sneak some math into your literacy block…or you could even use these during a graphing unit!
This activity is super easy to prep. Just print and laminate or slide in page protectors. Students will need magnetic letters or letter tiles for this activity. You could also have students use a dry erase marker to write the words. There’s over 50 different mats included with three tiered levels included.
Magnetic letters are a perfect hands-on manipulative for encouraging active participation in your students. You can use these mats as a small group practice or as individual activities.
Students will say the name of the picture to determine the beginning, middle, and ending sounds. If using these in a small group, take it step-by-step. In your small group, guide students to identify the beginning sound and slide the letter in to place.
Identify the middle sound and slide it into place, and finally repeat with the ending sound. After the word is built have students slide their finger underneath the letters as they blend.
Pictured above is the easiest of the mats since all of the words are from the same word family. These are perfect for students who need some extra support. For this activity, you may want to point out to students how the onset changes while the rime stays the same. Chunking each word for them: /z/ /ap/, /m/ /ap/, etc will help them hear and notice
The next type of mat has the same vowel but the word families are mixed.
And finally, it’s all mixed up! Different vowel, different word families.
To make this activity self-checking, the answers are written tiny in the bottom right of each mat. You could give students a magnifying glass as a “special” way to check their work. You can also have students use a sticky note to cover the words while they are working.
This NO PREP resource includes 40 different Word Search page. Just like the other activities there are three tiered versions included: same word family, same vowel / mixed word family, and mixed vowel practice.
Spell It!: Without looking, students will take turns selecting a letter card. If the player can use the letter to spell a CVC word on their game mat they keep the letter card and place it on their mat.
If they cannot, they put the letter card back in the container. The first player to spell all of the words on their mat is the winner.
What’s the Word?: Players will take turns selecting a game card and identify the beginning sound of each picture to spell a CVC word. Players that identify the word correctly move forward one space on their game board.
If a player answers incorrectly the card goes back in the pile. If a player draws a “special card” they must follow the directions on the card. The first player to reach the end of the game board is the winner.
Spell and Cover: Players will take turns selecting a game card, identify the picture name, and spelling the CVC word. Players that spell the CVC work correctly they can cover a picture on their game board. If they are incorrect the card goes back in the container.
Students can use a white board and dry erase marker to write the words, if needed. If a player draws a “special card” they must follow directions on the card. The first player to cover all of the pictures on their game board is the winner.
Roll, Read, Keep: Players will take turns rolling a dot cube. They will determine the number they rolled and turn over the corresponding card. Players that read the words correctly can keep the card and replace it with another card face-down.
If they are incorrect they place the card back down on their board. If a student plays a “special card” they must follow the directions and put all of the card back in the deck. At the end of the game the player with the most cards is the winner. Also included is a Roll, Spell, Keep version.
To finish off the bundle, we have a super fun set of CVC centers. There are 15 different centers included in this packet. CVC skills include reading, word building, sentences, and so much more. Each center includes teacher-friendly directions, student-friendly “I Can” pages, and a recording sheet. Answer keys are also included.
These are perfect for independent practice. Since each activity comes with a recording sheet, you’ll have some documented informal assessments to monitor your students’ progress in blending, reading, and mastering CVC words. Here’s a look at a few of the activities included:
Poppin’ CVC Words: Students say the name of the picture to determine the beginning, middle, and ending sounds. They will place plastic cubes or small erasers on the card to show the letters that spell the word. They will match the number on the card to the number on their paper and write the word.
Mixed Up Sentences: Students will select a set of cards with the same picture. They will put the cards in order to make a complete sentence. Sentences are simple and use basic sight words as well as CVC words. To record their work, they will find the matching picture on their paper and record of the sentence.
Mini Eraser Words: Students will use mini erasers to build the word. They will find the matching picture on the recording sheet and write the CVC word. If you don’t have mini erasers, you could use any small classroom manipulatives – or even play dough!
Match the Word: Students will read the three CVC words on the card. They will match the number on the card to the number on their paper. They will record the CVC word that matches the picture on the recording sheet.
Read and Draw: Students will read the sentence on the sentence card. They will match the number on the card to the number on their paper. They will draw a picture to illustrate the sentence.If you’d like to try the activities before you buy it, I’ve got just the thing for you!
You can try out these CVC Words for Kindergarten activities with the CVC BUNDLE Sampler Freebie. Just click on the picture below. Inside you’ll find several different activities to try with your students.
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I hope the activities I’ve shared in our CVC Bundle makes learning and practicing fun and engaging for your students. Thank you so much for reading along with me today. I can’t wait to share more ideas with you soon!