Printable Middle Sounds Phoneme Substitution Cards
Students will love these middle sounds word cards that have them read a CVC word, then change the medial 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.
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 Middle Sounds Word Cards
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- Middle 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)
- Print the mats.
- Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR cut them apart and laminate them.
- Gather other manipulatives.
- Store the entire activity in a large bag or storage container.
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 middle sound in the first word for the middle sound heard in the new word they are building.
They can use letter manipulatives or dry-erase markers to make the new CVC word. This is one great activity to help students improve their phonics and fine motor skills!
You can differentiate this phonics activity very easily. You could fill in two letters, and only have students find the middle sound. Or you could have students help you build the words during small group instruction.
You could even make them self-checking by writing the new word they are making on the back of the card.
More advanced students can do this independently or in pairs. They could even be asked to write the new word they built on a recording sheet.
Students can practice reading and spelling CVC words and you can teach phoneme isolation and phoneme substitution with ease.
Click the button below to get the Middle Sounds Word Cards and incorporate them into your lesson plans!