Can you picture those students who are constantly searching your classroom walls to find an image that will help them figure out what sound a letter stands for so they can decode unknown CVC words?
Imagine how much time and energy they expend just to decode a single three-letter CVC word!
Think about how this disrupts the process of blending sounds to decode that word.
Just like I did, you probably have a set of alphabet cards with letter-sound relationships posted on your wall. Perhaps, you have phonics posters easily viewed from your guided reading table.
Additionally, I used keyword picture cards to teach, practice, and review letter-sound relationships. I even made folders with keyword pictures for common vowel patterns that were handy to pull out during reading instruction. But still, so much work for some of my students.
So, why not give them what they need right at their fingertips? I created these Blend to Read CVC Words With Keyword Pictures to do just that.
Who Might Benefit From This Resource?
This set of 180 word cards is designed to support beginning or struggling readers as they learn to decode CVC words in kindergarten and first grade.
They should have prior explicit instruction in letter-sound relationships with single consonant and short vowel sounds. Your students need solid letter recognition skills and developing knowledge of their corresponding sounds.
They should experience some success in segmenting and blending three phonemes.
This resource is perfect for those students who still require a keyword picture to recall a letter name and/or its corresponding sound. It also provides a great springboard for beginning readers to make connections between letters, their corresponding sounds, and how to decode CVC words, with it all at their fingertips.
Try out the free sample, Blend to Read Short A Words With Keyword Pictures, to decide if this resource is a good fit for your students.
How Do I Prepare the CVC Word Cards?
This resource is easy to prepare! Choose color or black/ white keyword pictures. Print selected pages. Use cardstock and laminate for durability. Cut each page into fourths. Organize and store the cards.
You can organize by single or mixed vowels, by the letters you have introduced, or by common and uncommon words. You know what your students need to learn and how you want to teach it!
How Do I Use Blend to Read CVC Words?
With these cards, there is no mystery to solve or puzzle to figure out. There is a specific keyword picture for easy reference above each letter to assist your students with the letter-sound relationship. I used a consistent set of keyword pictures. For example, a is always an apple and m is always a mitten.
Make sure your students are familiar with the keyword pictures. Check out this blog post, How to Effectively Introduce Letters and Sounds the Multi-Sensory Way, for more information or simply download a set of free Letter-Sound Picture Cards from my TpT store to get started.
There is a dot below each letter. Touch each dot and say the sound that letter represents. Use the keyword picture, as needed, to recall the sound. For instance, say t, table, /t/; the letter name, the keyword picture, and the sound. Then, blend the sounds together to read the word sweeping your finger along the arrow.
Try these cards as part of your direct phonics instruction, in your small guided, intervention, and resource groups.
Before You Go…
You can also purchase Blend to Read CVC Words With Keyword Pictures from my TpT store.
Title image photo is by Speaking of Images.