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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
There’s always a time for trucks and construction vehicles in your kindergarten classroom. There’s something about the size and noises that they make as well as their utility in the sandbox for creating unique creations. If you can integrate construction vehicles into your kindergarten phonics activities, you’ll find a greater level of engagement with your students, and this simple construction CVC spelling game will have your students building their word power in no time!
What Are CVC Words?
Early literacy work in the kindergarten classroom is all about helping students to learn their letters (both the names and sounds that they make) and then blending sounds to make up words. CVC words are three letter words that follow a consonant vowel consonant pattern. This makes them ideal for beginner readers as there are no exceptions to the sounds that each letter makes, and it’s a great introduction to the short sound that each vowel makes.
Preparing CVC Spelling Game
These construction themed kindergarten phonics activities are easy to use; simply download and hit print! The full color pages will make them visually appealing to your students, so you may want to make a couple of sets so that multiple students can play the game at the same time. It’s also a good idea to laminate them so that students can use markers to show you their answers, creating the perfect independent literacy task for them to complete before earning their truck time.
Teaching CVC Spelling With Clip Cards
These fun clip cards have CVC words with pictures to help students master the link between commonly known words and how they are written. To introduce this CVC spelling game to your students, follow these kindergarten phonics activities:
Introduce the pictures – sometimes, there can be confusion about what a picture actually shows. While a person with a shovel can represent the CVC word “dig”, students who don’t get introduced to the concept may decide it’s “spade” or “gardening” and get confused by the activity. It’s therefore essential to go through each picture with the students so that they know the words that they’re looking for.
Listen to each sound – the choices in these CVC spelling clip cards are carefully chosen that students can’t just look for the correct starting sound. Some require them to think about the ending sound, while others test their knowledge of the middle vowel. As students get to work, challenge them to say each sound out loud first before blending sounds. Not only will this help them get the correct answer, but it will also help them as you move beyond CVC words.
Spell without the words – while these worksheets give students a limited number of options, your overall goal will be for students to write and read these words independently. As students begin to master matching the CVC words with pictures, challenge them to spell the words out loud and then write them down for you to check. The predictable nature of CVC spelling means that they should experience a lot of immediate success.