The Bridge to Everywhere!
The majority of early learners need very specific things: a foundation of letters and sounds and their clear connections, a bank of known words, and exposure to lots and lots of words. If I could have 2 literacy center to bond all those skills together, I’d take CVC practice. (Well, I’d sneak in lots of writing ~ both scripted and unscripted.)
Back to my CVC centers.
S-T-R-E-T-C-H the Words like Bubblegum
Starting in December, I put the CVC words in the ABC Center. I have 5 ziploc bags with answer sheets and letter tiles #1-#5. Students choose the bag they would like to complete, but everyone has to have a different card. The vowels are written in pencil so the students need to match the vowels, with the concentration on the beginning and ending sounds. Each card can be adapted for students who are higher or lower than the average. The higher students can have empty sheets and need to find the beginning, middle and ending sounds. The needier students can be given vowels and endings, so the focus is on hearing the beginning sounds and matching the letters in the middle and the end.
As the months move on, a different theme is added to the basket. Student’s expectations are accelerated. When the center becomes a rote exercise, students can choose a complimentary assignment – choosing a word to use as a topic sentence, choosing a word to write rhyming words, or choosing a word to make new words with new endings.
I have found the simple activity of creating, writing and reading these words can help students build their word base and develop their reading skills.
If you’d like to look at all the sets or the combination pack, click here to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers.
(Thanks to Krista Wallden for the cute bubblegum girl! Krista's TPT Store.)