Fish CVC Word Building Cards Free Printable

Use these ocean fish CVC word building cards to teach phonics skills in a hands-on way that is perfect for kindergarten literacy centers!

Free printable fish CVC word cards for learning to read and spell CVC words during your ocean theme in kindergarten or first grade.

Fish CVC Word Building Cards

These summer CVC word building cards are so simple to use and have so many benefits for your kindergarten or first-grade students.

If your students know the letter sounds very well, beginning reading 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 simple words that follow a consonant vowel consonant word pattern. They all feature a short vowel sound which makes them perfect for students who are just beginning to learn to decode words.

Students will identify the picture that is inside the fish. Then they will use letter manipulatives to spell that word by placing one letter in each box on the card.

There are 20 word cards included in this free CVC word activity.

Printable ocean fish theme CVC word cards for learning CVC words during literacy centers.

Low Prep CVC Word Work

These engaging fish CVC word-building mats are quick and easy to get ready for your students. All you have to do is simply print, laminate and cut apart!

Instead of laminating, you can also slide whole pages into write and wipe pockets and students can build all four words before moving on to another page.

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For easy storage, place the CVC word-building mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access.

Hands-on cvc words activity for kids who are learning to read and spell CVC words using phonics and letter sound isolation.

Setting Up the CVC Word Building Cards

Supplies needed:

  • Fish CVC word building cards (get them by clicking the button at the bottom of the post)
  • Alphabet letter tiles, letter beads, or another letter manipulative
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the word building cards.
  2. Laminate and cut apart.
  3. Gather letter tiles or letter manipulatives of your choice.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Hands-on CVC word work activity for kindergarten and first grade literacy centers and science of reading lessons.

Using this CVC Phonics Activity

Students will look at the picture on the fish and say the word pictured out loud. Next, they will isolate the sounds in the word to find the beginning, middle and ending sound.

Then they will use letter beads or letter tiles to build the CVC word by placing the beginning letter in the first box, the middle letter in the second box and the final letter in the third box.

Finally, they will blend the letters together to read the word they built and make sure it matches the picture on the card. They will repeat this process for each picture.

A free printable fish theme CVC activity for reading centers.

Differentiated CVC Activity

These ocean theme word-building cards are so versatile and can be used in various ways. The pictures are simple and are great for beginning readers to learn these CVC words this school year.

Students can use them independently or with a partner during literacy centers or you can utilize them during small group instruction.

You could also have students write each word down on paper to give them practice with writing CVC words.

If you decide to slide the sheets into write and wipe pockets, students can also use dry-erase markers to write the letters on the card.

Reel in these adorable fish CVC word building cards to give your students a fun and hands-on way to practice reading and spelling CVC words!

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