28 October 2013

This is How We CVC

I do realize that CVC isn’t a verb, just incase you were curious ;)  However…I thought I’d share with you a few things we do in Room 206 to reinforce and practice identifying, creating, spelling, and reading CVC words.

Blending and segmenting is such a tricky concept for some kids to grasp, so I try to integrate this skill as often as I can so that my kids are constantly being slammed with practice…even when they don’t realize it.  One of the first things I like to do is help the kids build a visual image of what CVC words look like so that they can distinguish an easily decodable word from a sight word.  We practiced sorting CVC/not CVC words whole group and discussed each word as the kids brought theirs up to the easel.

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This was a great little assessment to see which of my kids were still having trouble distinguishing between consonants and vowels, too.

I finally had a chance to sit down and revamp some of the CVC activities I’ve been using with my kids since I started teaching 12 years ago.  What that basically means is that I swapped out Comic Sans and updated the clipart :)  I have a CVC station in the classroom where the kids can choose from any of these activities and practice making, reading, & writing CVC words.

Spin it & blend it is always a class favorite.  I like to introduce this during small group so that the kids understand the concept and then I’ll place different word family/sound spinners in dry erase sleeves and set them out in the CVC station.  My kids LOVE this one.  I also love using the cover it up cards for visual & sound discrimination.  It’s a great tool to use to quickly assess their knowledge & understanding, too.

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Of course, who doesn’t have these handy dandy CVC word building mats.  I had mine FOR.EV.ER and they were in sad, SAD shape.  I found the perfect clipart and was able to update the pictures and add more work mats to my collection.  Halleluia. Amen.  My kids always seem to go back to this activity, too.  I’m glad they love it so much!! And what kid doesn’t love a good puzzle?!  The CVC word/picture puzzles are visited quite often in 206.  photo (28) photo (31)

These CVC phoneme puzzles are great for introducing beginning/middle/ending sounds.  I love to use these for my intervention groups.  They help the kids build a visual image of the word as well as build their basic vocabulary.

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Kathleen from Growing Kinders has an EXCELLENT post packed full of CVC activities and ideas.  DEFINITELY worth the read.  Her ideas have definitely helped me reinforce this skill in my own classroom!!!


Here’s an idea via From Kindergarten with Love that I absolutely ADORE!  Shake, Rattle, & Read – real & nonsense words!  I have a gobzillion of these little containers and this is surely the perfect use!!

Shake, Rattle and Read CVC words - real or nonsense

One of my favorite whole group games to play with the kids {sorry, no pictures!!!!} is a little game called Monkey in the Middle.  For this game, the kids are all monkeys.  I give each of my kids a letter printed on a banana template.  I typically use all 5 vowels {which means only 5 kids get these letters}, but you can use only a couple if you want.  I pull out a picture card to show the class and then set it on the floor.  I tell my monkeys that I need the first sound & the last sound to sandwich the picture {the beginning sound stands to the left of the picture and the ending sound stands to the right}.  This also helps us to reinforce how words are built & read….left to right.  Then we all chant, “where’s the monkey in the middle?!”  The monkey with the matching medial vowel comes up and stands on the picture {in the middle} and all three hold up their letter bananas.  Then we practice blending & segmenting the sounds that make the word.  They absolutely go BANANAS over this game!!  Hahahaha :)

Do you have any great CVC ideas you want to share?!  I’d LOVE to hear them!!!  I’m always looking for fun new ways to practice this skill!!!  Leave me a comment and let me know how you make CVC practice fun & exciting for your kids!! 

In the meantime, I compiled all my CVC activities and bundled them into a little packet…chocked full of hands-on practice, printables, & emergent readers, too. You can click on the pictures to read more about it if you’re interested.

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Have a GREAT week!


  1. Great ideas! I love the yes/no chart!
    Beth Altman

  2. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas. I love seeing classes "in action". :)
    Teacher Treasure Hunter

  3. Your new pack looks amazing! You always make the cutest darn charts! Thanks for sharing all of these fun CVC activities! I miss my firsties! They used to love to tap out the words as we built them in the pocket chart or SMARTBoard and changed the onset and rime to make new words. I used to use Sounds and Letters for Readers and Spellers for verbal drills. It was great fun too!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  4. Love your new CVC pack! Seeing this really makes me miss my first grade kiddos!

  5. Amazing!! Side question: Do you know of a printer that is economical for a teacher obsessed with tpt?? My little hp is definitely not cutting it and we are having "issues" with the one at school. Any printer advise would be very much appreciated. Thank you for all you do!

    Tales of a #teachernerd

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  7. Love your ideas! I have the exact same picture puzzles and the kids love them! I also have a magnetic alphabet fishing game that I pair with the picture cards. The kids "go fish" for their letters. If the fish they "catch" does not have any of the letters they need, they have to "throw it back". After they get all three letters, they put their letters back and get another card. They love it!

  8. Your post was definitely heaven sent, as my little ones have been really struggling with CVC words lately! Today I wrote one CVC word at a time, and as tables they had to all work together to segment and blend the word. The team who helped each other, raised their hand and then all read the word together would get a point. They loved it and you could hear a pin drop! They all wanted to practice CVC words! I also love sorting CVC words by vowel sound. They take a card, segment and blend, then sort into the correct vowel sound pile. Thank you for all your great ideas! You inspire me weekly!

  9. I have been following your blog via Pinterest for forever! You have been such an inspiration to me and I love your ideas. Always so cute and educational :-) Thanks for sharing the CVC post and ideas!

  10. Wow! What a great resource for CVC words. I can't get enough of that gapped tooth cutie either. :)

  11. Cara, Could you please add me to your collaborative Pinterest board: Top Teachers Smorgasboard? Thank you!

  12. Fabulous! It's great that you are working on CVC words so early in the year. Our K teachers build words after Christmas. I work with the Title I K students and they are no where near this. So many of them are not picking up on letter names and letter sounds as well as sight words. They just can't remember them. How do your strugglers in class do with this it and what kind of activities do you have to help them?

    1. I'm having a hard time with some students remembering letters and sounds as well. Even after lots of repetition

  13. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas. I love the activity of sorting words into decodeable CVC words and sight words. I'm working with one student with a pretty severe rapid naming deficit, and sight words are sooo hard. What a great way for him to figure out what he'd be able to tackle and what needs more practice!

  14. WOW! Your stuff is so great. I've spent all weekend pouring over as much as possible. Two weeks ago I was moved from 5th to 1st after our enrollment numbers were too low in 5th. I've only been teaching for a couple years & haven't done 1st before. Needless to say I've had many sleepless nights. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  15. Hi Cara -
    I was wondering if it would be possible to get pictures or a video of how you play the "Monkey in the Middle" game. It sounds like a lot of fun - but I'm a visual learner and would so appreciate it.

  16. Oh wow these are all splendid. You have such creative ideas!!

    First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn

  17. Wow! I love your blog. I've recently started a blog, but it is so time consuming when trying to make TPT products, do school work for my classroom, and have family time.

    I was wondering if I could be added to your collaborative Pinterest board: Top Teacher Smorgasboard. I am following you on Pinterest. Thanks for your help.


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  19. Where did you get the plastic container to hold the individual letters? Please let me know. Thank you!