With just one stop, you can browse and find a variety of ideas, freebies, and products- all designed to help your students decode CVC words.
Are you ready to explore ways to help your beginning or struggling readers learn to decode CVC words? You’ve landed in the right spot! This round-up blog post includes 9 ways to help you transform your CVC word instruction.
Go ahead and scroll down to find the ways that pique your interest. Then, be sure to click on the highlighted words. Each link will take you to either a blog post or a product page with additional information.
Assess Skills to Target Instruction
Let’s get started with some assessments!
Begin by checking out my blog post, How to Get Started With Teaching CVC Words, for questions to ask yourself if you’re teaching students with little to no exposure to decoding.
On the other hand, if you’re teaching readers who can decode some CVC words but have not yet achieved mastery, you might want to administer the first list in my Decoding Assessment for One-Syllable Words (or use a similar assessment) to target the specific skills you need to teach.
Head on over to How to Assess Decoding Skills and Help Target Instruction. You can read more and find links to download this free assessment.
Use Letter Sound Mats to Decode CVC Words
One of my favorite tools for teaching decoding and encoding of phonetically regular words is a letter sound mat.
You can use this flexible activity with an individual or a small group of students. Use it as you follow any instructional scope and sequence.
Find out more in this blog post, How to Get Started With Teaching CVC Words. You’ll also get a link to a free set of letter cards you can download and print.
Build In Support to Decode CVC Words
Do you have students who are constantly searching your classroom walls to find an image that will help them figure out what sound a letter stands for in order to decode unknown words?
So, why not give them what they need right at their fingertips? I created my Blend to Read CVC Words With Key Word Pictures to do just that.
Find out who might benefit and how to use this tool with your students in my blog post, How to Build in Support to Decode CVC Words. In addition, you’ll find a link to download a free sample.
CVC Word Mapping With High-Frequency Words
You’ll want to try this word mapping resource designed to help your beginning and struggling readers connect the sounds they hear with the letters they see in CVC words.
By strengthening those phoneme-grapheme associations, you’ll set your students on the road to orthographic mapping. Plus, you’ll help them build automatic word recognition for high-frequency CVC words.
Each of the 34 words in this resource can be represented by a visual image.
Ready to learn more? Are You Curious About Orthographic Mapping? is the blog post to read.
Rapid Word Recognition Charts
Discover what rapid word recognition charts are, why to try them, who will benefit, and how to create your own. Click to read Do You Want to Know All About Rapid Word Recognition Charts?
While you’re there, check out my ready-made charts using 52 high-frequency CVC words.
Minimal Pairs for Decoding Practice
Take a few minutes to understand what minimal pairs are and how you can use them for decoding.
When you use minimal pairs (or trios, etc.) you’ll be giving your students a gentle reminder to look carefully at every letter when they decode CVC words.
My feed-me resources with minimal pairs (and trios) are an excellent way to provide bite-sized decoding practice.
Feed Me S’Mores includes 49 target high-frequency CVC words.
I’ve included a roll-and-read freebie in the blog post, How to Effectively Use Minimal Pairs for Bite-Sized Decoding Practice, so you can try out decoding with minimal pairs.
CVC Word Puzzles
These farm-themed puzzles are an engaging way to give your beginning and struggling readers the practice they need to decode and encode CVC words. The focus is on 34 high-frequency CVC words that can be represented by a visual image.
Head over to my TPT store to learn more about these CVC Word Puzzles.
Free Football Fun
Let your students have a little fun with this football-themed activity. They’ll decode a CVC word and then match it to a picture that illustrates its meaning. This read-and-color (or read-and-cover) freebie includes 16 high-frequency CVC words.
Click the highlighted words to download your free copy of Football Fun.
You’ll find a second set of these Football Fun activity sheets with 16 more CVC words included in the bonus file of my CVC Words Decoding Bundle.
Phonics Word Lists
If you made it this far, I’d love for you to share the idea, freebie, or product that was most helpful for you and your students in the comments below!