Winter Consonant Blends

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Kindergarten is a big year for many milestones! They walk in the first day of school knowing very little about reading. By the end of the year, they are reading their first books. They move from reading consonant-vowel-consonant words to words with digraphs and blends. This time of year, I spend a lot of time introducing blends. This activity is perfect for small group instructions and literacy centers.

A Blend??

Consonants, vowels, digraphs, blends are all taught in the early years of elementary. As a teacher, they are the building blocks to reading. But to parents, it can be so confusing. Consonant blends are two to three consonants that each heard when put together.

Here are a few examples: bl, cl, cr, sl, st,

The Importance

They play an important role when it comes to reading. It’s a way for readers to combine sounds to more difficult words. They begin to learn how to break up, or decode, unfamiliar words when they learn blends.

Many Uses

When I created this sorting activity, I wanted to create something that can be used in different places of the classroom. This activity is easy to use in whole group teaching. Place the large blend cards on the board, pass out cards to each student, and let them sort as a class!

You can also use in small group lessons. This is where I would use it the most. When you are able to focus on a smaller group of students, you’re able to see who really understands the concept. Work together as a small group, or pair them into partners and watch what they do.

After that, place it in a literacy center for extra practice! When they feel confident in what they know, they do better independently in centers.

This is an easy to prep activity: just print, laminate , cut and store! To grab this FREE activity, click click the link below!

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