Students will have fun cracking the secret code to find the hidden words! This CVC Word Activity will get your students eager to practice beginning sounds. This is a great resource to have for early finishers or literacy centers. Click to download the free printable.
CVC Word Activity
One of the joys of teaching kindergarten is helping children develop their reading skills. It never gets old does it? One minute a child is painstakingly sounding out words and the next they are reading sentences.
I worked at a library for six years. Each year one or two of our kids burst through the door to proudly show off their newly discovered reading skill. We got really good at gathering around to exclaim loudly and offer affirmation. It was one of the highlights of the year.
In Kindergarten, some of the first words kids learn to read are CVC words.
WHAT IS A CVC WORD
A CVC word is one containing a Consonant, Vowel and Consonant. Examples would be cat, tip, jug, and mat. Many of them are three letter words, but some have more letters. The CVC refers to vowel and consonant sounds. Some of these sounds are composed of two letters. Examples would be swim, flag and skip.
We use CVC words with young learners, because they are easy to decode. We want new readers to feel successful, so that they are motivated to continue on. They are also great words for practicing a number of things like
- beginning and ending sounds
- long and short vowels
- blending sounds
Learning CVC words builds a strong foundation for literacy, so we want to give our students loads of practice. We decide to create a fun activity that will help children practice some easy CVC words. Introducing our beginning sounds secret code CVC mats.
Sounds Letters Make
Before they can get started with this CVC word activity, children need to learn the sounds a letter make. Here are some helpful activities.
- Penguin Beginning Sounds Match
- Free Beginning Sound Clip Cards
- Initial Sounds Clip Card
- Fish Phonics Activity
Once students learn the sounds the letter make, they can start combining them in words. CVC words use sounds that are easy to blend, so they are good for early readers and spellers.
These secret code CVC mats get children spelling by identifying beginning sounds. Children ALWAYS love secret codes, so why not take advantage of that to help them learn?
CVC Word Games
These decoder mats will help Students practice three different skills
- Identifying the beginning sounds
- Matching the sounds with the correct letters
- Blending the sounds to read the CVC words
There are 10 mats contain the following words:
- Cat, hat, rat, bat,
- rug, mug
- can man, pan fan
As you can see you see, we will be practicing those AT, UG, and AN sounds. All while having fun. How’s that for an easy win?
This would be an excellent activity to pull out for a spy week theme. It is also a helpful addition to your literacy centers.
Kindergarten CVC Words
Simply download the files and print onto card stock. I would laminate the pages, so they last longer. Then cut out the mats.
That’s all there is to it! Pair the mats with magnetic letters and you are good to go.
As this is an activity for beginners, the words are only three letters long. We have also been careful to make sure that the pictures are not ambiguous in any way. You won’t wonder if a picture is a Hen or a Chicken. A Cap or a Hat. Just to be completely sure, we have also included an alphabet sheet. This has all the pictures and their corresponding letters in one place.
- Invite children to look at each picture on the mat and say the word aloud.
- Demonstrate how to look through the letters to find the one that matches that sound.
- Place the letter in the space below the picture.
- Once they identify all three sounds, they can read the word aloud.
It might be helpful to review the beginning sound pictures with your students before doing this activity.
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At first, you may want to restrict the magnetic letters to those used in the decoder mats. These letters are a b c f g h m n p r t u.
For extra writing practice, children can write each word they make on a sheet of paper. Invite children to choose a few words and compose a sentence. They could also write a story that includes some of the words.
Older children may enjoy making up their own mats. Give them several copies of the alphabet sheet. They can cut out the letters and glue them to a mat.
CVC Words for Kindergarten
Looking for more fun ways for kids to work on CVC words? Check out these free pritnables:
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- Build a Snowman CVC Words
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- CVC Words Short A Book
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