Phonics

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Blending and Segmenting, Decoding and Encoding, Phonemic awareness, Early reading, Letters and Sounds, Short vowels, ELA K-2, ELA Kindergarten, ELA 1st Grade

Phonics

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Overview

CVC words are short words that consist of a vowel connecting two consonants, like cat or hat. These short, three-letter CVC words are the first that children learn to read or decode, but longer CVC words do exist: bath is also a CVC word because the th acts as one consonant sound.

Download our CVC a Bubble Bath activity and CVC a Words list below.

The CVC a Bubble Bath activity introduces children to CVC words, focusing on one connecting vowel. Talk through the different beginning and ending consonants, and what sound they make in front of or after the letter a. How many words can you make that have the letter a in the middle? Can you write down three words by picking one beginning consonant and one end consonant for each?

The CVC a Words list is an extensive source of short CVC a words, grouping them together by ending. The list can be printed out and kept as a reference.

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.C Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.

Activities

CVC a activity

Sample Pack

Phonics sample pack

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Deep Dive

Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among Kindergarteners and First Graders.

To find out more, read our Deep Dive into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!

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