Fish CVC Missing Sounds Task Cards

Students will develop phonemic awareness while using these fish missing sounds task cards to practice adding phonemes to complete CVC words. They’re simple to use and tons of fun!

Free printable ocean fish CVC missing letter task cards for learning to segment phonemes, blend sounds and spell CVC words.

Finding the Missing Sounds in CVC Words

These free printable missing sounds task cards are a simple way to practice adding phonemes to create CVC words in kindergarten. They are simple to prep and will give the kids lots of hands-on practice with phonemic awareness this summer.

If your students know the letter sounds well, moving on to phonics instruction with CVC words is a great idea. CVC words are easy to sound out and help build confidence in beginning readers!

CVC words are short three, three-letter words that follow a consonant-vowel word pattern. They all feature a short vowel sound, making them perfect for students just beginning to segment phonemes and encode words.

Students will begin by identifying the picture of the fish. Then, they will use letter manipulatives or a dry-erase marker to practice adding phonemes to build the word pictured.

Ocean fish theme CVC words missing sounds phonics activity for learning to segment and blend sounds to read and spell CVC words.

Simple Prep Phonemic Awareness Activity

This activity is perfect for literacy centers, small groups, or whole-group instruction in the classroom.

For centers, laminate the cards and place them in plastic bags, zippered pouches, or photo boxes. You can find the photo boxes at your local craft store or superstore.

There are 20 cards included, each with a different image of a CVC word. Students will identify the image and then figure out the missing letter. Some cards are missing the first letter, some the middle, and others the last!

This is a great activity for students progressing in their literacy journey with short vowel words.

Fish theme CVC word work phonics activity for kids.

Setting Up the Missing Sounds Task Cards

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Supplies needed:

  • Fish Missing Sounds Task Cards (button at the bottom of the post to get them)
  • Alphabet letter tiles, letter beads, magnetic letters, or another letter manipulative
  • Write and wipe pockets or lamination (optional)


  1. Print the word-building task cards.
  2. Then, laminate and cut apart or slide into write and wipe pockets.
  3. Gather letter tiles or letter manipulatives of your choice.
  4. Store the activity in a large baggie, file folder, photo bin, or storage tray.
Ocean CVC missing letters phonics activity for learning to blend and segment phonemes to spell CVC words.

Adding Phonemes to Complete CVC Words

Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to segment the CVC word pictured into individual phonemes and then fill in the missing sound to complete the word.

To start, students will look at the picture and say the name of the word pictured. Then, they will segment each sound in the word and place the letter corresponding to the sound in the empty box.

Finally, they will blend the sounds together to read the word they built and check if it matches the pictured word. Do this a few times as a class or in small groups so students get the hang of it before working independently.

Ocean theme literacy center activity for kids to practice phonics skills while building phonemic awareness.

How to Differentiate this Activity

This missing sounds CVC activity is extremely versatile and can be used in various ways. Additionally, you can adapt it to fit your schedule and lesson plans and the needs of the different learning styles in the classroom.

If your students need more scaffolding with phoneme segmentation, you can assign fewer cards to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Model using them during teacher time before sending them off to work independently. Students rocking their reading skills can complete more cards.

Fish theme phonics activity for building phonemic awareness and learning to read and spell CVC words.

Students can also write the words they build on a recording sheet to have something to turn while they practice segmenting and blending sounds.

This phonics activity would be perfect for small group instruction or literacy centers, making lesson planning and prepping easy!

I hope you and your students enjoy this fun fish missing sounds literacy activity! Working on phonics skills while preparing for warmer weather and the summer months is fun!

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