Sun CVC Word Building Strips Free Printable

These sun CVC word building strips give kids a hands-on way to practice phoneme segmentation, matching letters to sounds and spelling words.

Free printable sunshine CVC word building strips for learning to segment phonemes.

Sun CVC Word Building Strips

These CVC word strips are so fun to use and have so many benefits for your kindergarten or first-grade students.

If your students know the letter sounds very 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 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 segment phonemes and encode words.

Students will identify the picture that is inside the sun. Then they will use letter manipulatives to practice phoneme segmentation and spell that word. They could use magnetic letters or letter beads to build the words or use a dry-erase 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.

There are 15 word strips included, and there are letter tiles that can be printed, as well. The free resource also includes a recording sheet and letter tiles you can use, if you don’t have access to other manipulatives. Students will love building CVC words with this engaging activity!

Summer phonics activity for learning to segment sounds and spell CVC words.

Low Prep Phoneme Segmentation Activity

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

You could also just skip cutting the strips apart and have students use the pages like a mat. Instead of laminating, you can also slide the mats into write and wipe pockets for added durability.

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 Work Activity

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Supplies needed:

  • Sun CVC word building strips (button at bottom of the post to get them)
  • Alphabet letter tiles, letter beads, magnetic letters, or another letter manipulative
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the word building mats.
  2. Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
  3. Gather letter tiles or letter manipulatives of your choice.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Printable phoneme segmentation phonics activity for your reading lessons and literacy centers.

Using This CVC Phonics Activity

Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to segment the CVC word pictured into individual phonemes and then build the word by matching those sounds to the letters that make them.

Students will look at the pictures on the sun and they will say the name of the word pictured. Then, they will segment each sound in the word and place the letter that corresponds to each sound in the appropriate box.

Finally, they will blend the sounds together to read the word they built and check to see if it matches the word pictured on the sun.

If you are using the recording sheet, students will then find the picture that corresponds to the one on their strip and write the word they built in the space next to it.

They may be able to write more words in the word family or think of a rhyming word, if they need a challenge.

Free printable phonemic awareness and phonics activity for learning to read and spell CVC words.

Differentiated Sun CVC Word Building Activities

This summer theme phonics activity is 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 just beginning to learn phoneme segmentation, you can assign fewer strips to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Students rocking their reading skills can complete more strips, working up to all 5 pages!

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

Summer theme phonemic awareness and phonics word building strips for learning to segment sounds and spell words.

I can’t wait for you to use these free printable CVC phoneme segmentation strips to get your students practicing their phonics skills this summer.

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