Teaching students how to build words can help them on letter sounds, spelling, blending, and reading. I use these building word cards throughout the entire year to help students word on reading simple words. This also helps them identify beginning, middle, and ending sounds. I love how these cards are differentiated, so I can meet the needs of all of my little learners.
At the beginning of the year, we work on beginning sounds. I give students a card and have them look at the picture clue first. We then practice listening for the first sound in the word. After students say the sound, they identify what the letter is, hunt for that letter, and work on building words. For students that are ready to work on reading simple words, we’ll point to each sound and start to blend the word.
All the cards are differentiated so you can meet the needs of your students. One set of cards has dotted letter clues for kids to simply match up the letter. The other set has an empty box so students have to figure out the missing sound on their own. You can use any kind of letter tiles, letter beads, magnets etc. I found these white Alphabet letter tiles (pictured above) on Amazon.
After your students master beginning sounds, you can start on the ending sounds cards. Since students will already know how to play this game, you can easily throw it in your centers. Simply tell them this time they are working on ending sounds. I like using similar games throughout the year because it makes planning easy on me. It also makes giving instructions for new centers easy on the kids! These alphabet letters are actually beads, so besides using them for this activity, students can string these beads to word on building words, sequencing the alphabet, practicing their names, etc. You can find these Uppercase Alphabet Lacing Beads on Amazon. I have the uppercase set, but it’d be nice to get the Lowercase Alphabet Lacing Beads as well, so students are building the words correctly.
When you are ready to teach short vowel sounds, you can whip out these middle sound cards.
Each set of cards comes with a recording sheet as well. Students will write down the missing sound they found when building words. This is a nice way to hold your students accountable for their work while they are at centers. Find all of these cards in my Building Words Bundle.
You can also find this Building Words Bundle in my TPT store.
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