Printable Ending Sounds Phoneme Substitution Cards

These free printable ending sounds phoneme substitution cards engage students in reading CVC words and substituting final phonemes. It is perfect for your phonemic awareness and phonics lessons!

Free printable phonics word building cards for learning phoneme substitution with final sounds. This phonics activity is perfect for centers or small groups in kindergarten or first grade.

Printable Ending Sounds Phoneme Substitution Cards

Students will love these ending sounds word cards that have them read a CVC word, then change the final sound to create a new word that matches the picture. There are 20 cards in this free resource, 4 for each short vowel.

These are perfect for phonics instruction in kindergarten and first-grade. Add them to your centers or use them during small group or even whole group instruction as a means to develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills.

While using this resource, students will practice phoneme isolation and manipulating sounds in words to make new words. These are important skills when it comes to developing phonemic awareness. Students will then build upon these skills to read and spell the words on the cards.

This phonics activity is easy to prep and has tons of benefits for your students. Read the rest of the blog post to get your free resource and lots of ideas to use the task cards in the classroom.

Printable phoneme substitution phonics activity for kindergarten and first grade phonics instruction.

Easy to Prep!

Once you get this resource, you will print and cut the cards apart. I would laminate them for added durability. You could also leave the pages whole and slide them into wipe and write pockets. Then have students use dry-erase markers to write the new word. Gather some letter manipulatives, and you are ready to go!

Setting Up the Ending Sounds Word Cards

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Supplies Needed:

  • Ending Sounds Word Cards (button to access the resource at the bottom of this post)
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)
  • letter manipulatives – I love these alphabet beads, but you can use letter tiles or letter magnets too.
  • dry erase marker (optional)


  1. Print the mats.
  2. Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR cut them apart and laminate them.
  3. Gather other manipulatives.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large bag or storage container.
A free printable phonemic awareness and phonics activity for kids in kindergarten and first grade.

How To Use The Phoneme Substitution Cards

Students will pick a card and read the CVC word. I like to have them build the word written on the card in the boxes.

Then, they will look at the picture for the new word they are supposed to make. Students will stretch the word to isolate the sounds and spell the new CVC word in the boxes by substituting the final sound in the first word for the final sound heard in the new word they are building.

They can use letter manipulatives or dry-erase markers to make the new CVC word. Students will improve their phonics and fine motor skills in one activity!

A fun, hands-on phonics and phonemic awareness activity for learning to isolate sounds and substitute sounds in words.

More Ideas!

These phonics word cards can be differentiated easily. You could fill in the first two letters, and they only have to students only find the ending sound. Or you could have students help you build the words during small group instruction.

More advanced students can do this more independently. They could even be asked to write the new word they built on a recording sheet.

These cards could be used for:

  • Morning work
  • Early finishers task
  • Tutoring resource
  • Small group activity
  • Literacy centers
  • Pocket chart centers
  • Partner task
  • At home project
A free phonemic awareness and phonics resource for learning to isolate sounds and manipulate sounds in simple CVC words.

Students can practice reading and spelling CVC words and you can teach phoneme isolation and phoneme substitution with ease. Grab this free phoneme substitution activity to make your little learners soar this year!

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