CVC Building ~ The Bridge to Reading and Writing

CVC Building helps students build a bridge to reading and writing.

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 1 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. There are many ways to create activities for practicing CVC words and writing beginning, middle, and endings of each word.

CVC Building helps students build a bridge to reading and writing. S-T-R-E-T-C-H the Words like Bubblegum


I introduce CVC words in the late fall.  First, during calendar time when we review critical skills daily…1 word a day.  Helping student stretch those sounds.  We call it “bubblegum.”  We put it in our mouth, chew it while we think of the word and then do what their mom won’t let them…pull their pretend gum out as far as they want while we hear all the sounds.  This silly habit is a fun way to associate stretching words. Using CVC boards, students use the provided letters and create the word on the card by ordering the letters. This activity can be accompanied by the Stoplight Writing technique.

CVC Mats

CVC Building helps students build a bridge to reading and writing.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.
CVC Building helps students build a bridge to reading and writing.
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.

WORD FAMILIES

CVC Building helps students build a bridge to reading and writing.I love word families. Students can get a lot of bang out of understanding word families. Once they know about the word "cat" they can know any other words in the family starting with changing the beginning letter. Creating word unknown words from known words is a great way to create a larger written vocabulary. Eventually, students can use word families to help spell longer words.

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