Community Helpers CVC Word Building Strips
These CVC words strips are so fun to use and have so many benefits for your kindergarten or first-grade students. Reading CVC words is one of the first reading skills that students master. CVC words are simple words that follow a consonant vowel consonant word pattern. They all feature a short vowel sound which makes them perfect for decoding words. Students can focus on each letter, not just trying to figure out the middle sound.
Students will identify the picture that is beside the community helper. Then they will use letter manipulatives to spell that word. They could use magnetic letters or letter beads to build the words or use an erasable marker to write the words.
I love this word-building activity because it gives students another chance to practice spelling CVC words in a new format. These word strips for building consonant vowel consonant words could easily be printed in black and white to save on ink.
Prep is a Breeze!
Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to sound out the CVC picture name, build the word, and read the word. In this community helper CVC word activity, they’ll use their word family knowledge and decoding skills.
These CVC word building mats are quick and easy to get ready for your students. All you have to do is print and laminate! Instead of laminating, you can also slide the mats into write and wipe pockets for added durability.
The free word strips include 15 CVC word strips. The community helper pack includes letter tiles that can be printed if you don’t have letter manipulatives to use.
For easy storage, place the CVC word building mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access.
Setting Up the CVC Word Building Mats
- Community Helper CVC word building mats (button at bottom of post to get them)
- Alphabet letter tiles, letter beads, magnetic letters, or another letter manipulative
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
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- Print the word building mats.
- Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
- Gather letter tiles or letter manipulative of your choice.
- Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Using the CVC Word Mats
Students will look at the pictures on the word mat to use this activity. Then, they will say the name of the photographic image. Then, they will isolate the sounds in the word, blending them to decode the word.
Next, they will use the letter tiles to build the CVC word beside that picture on the mat. They will repeat this process for each picture, checking if the word matches the picture.
To extend the learning, students can say each word aloud, sounding out and blending the sounds to read the CVC word. Doing this out loud helps students learn in an auditory way. You can even challenge students to say a sentence using that word or to say a word that rhymes with that word.
Differentiated Community Helper CVC Word Building Activities
These community helper word-building mats are so versatile and can be used in various ways. You can use these to fit the needs in your schedule and lesson plans and the needs of your learners and their learning styles.
If they are still working on blending and decoding sounds, you can assign fewer mats to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Students rocking their reading skills can complete more mats, working up to all 5 mats!
Since there are 5 mats, you can easily have students complete 1 per day throughout the week. Once they know the structure of this activity, they will be set for the week! This would be a perfect literacy center or small group activity, making lesson planning and prepping easy!
Extension Ideas With Community Helper Word Building Mats
These word-building mats are a great complete activity, but they can also be used as a foundational activity that can be extended in many ways. Here are some different ways in which you can use these mats!
- Turn all 5 mats face-down and have students draw a mat to complete.
- Give students a recording sheet for them to write the words on after they build them on the mat.
- Identify a rhyming word.
- Identify the word family the word belongs to.
- Use with partners, taking turns building words to fill up the mat together.
- Use on a metal board and use magnet letters to turn this into a magnetic word strip
I can’t for you to use these CVC word strips to get your students practicing their spelling and decoding skills. They will really benefit from this activity and improve their reading skills in no time!
Click the button below to get the Community Helpers CVC Word Building Strips and incorporate them into your lesson plans!