Touch, Read & Write Blending Word Activities
Blending word activities are here! Students touch, read, and write CVC & CVCe words, as well as blends and digraphs.
Using hands-on activities can engage students in deeper learning and provide a kinesthetic option for the various learners in your classroom. My touch, read, and write phonics activities are a fun way for improving beginning reading. These printable cards allow you to guide students through the process of blending sounds.
“Research shows that teachers who spend larger than average amounts of time on blending-modeling blending and providing loads of practice blending words in isolation and in context – achieve greater student gains.” (Haddock, Roseshine, & Stevens)
There are two types of blending – final blending and successive blending. When you are teaching students to blend sounds using final blending, they should first say the sound for each letter and then say (blend) the sounds together to say the word. So for example, for the word bed. Students would say /b/ /e/ /d/ and then, /bed/.
In successive blending, you teach students to run their finger under the word and blend the sounds together. For this form of blending, you do not pause between sounds. You can blend the word at a slow pace and then faster to a normal speed to say the complete word. Successive blending will be what you use mostly during your phonics instruction.
According to Wiley Blevins, if you have a struggling reader, final blending is best during your intervention time with that student. By working through the word sound by sound, you can determine if there is a specific sound spelling that is particularly difficult for that student.
Blending instruction doesn’t need to be difficult. These activity cards make a great addition to your literacy centers and intervention groups.
Throughout the 650 word cards, you will find words with the missing sounds in the beginning, middle, and end position. It is time to get excited about watching your kindergarten and first grade sweeties develop and improve their understanding of decoding and encoding sounds.
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The activity cards are also on TpT and can be found here: