Engaging and hands-on CVC practice! Your students will love reading the CVC words on magnifying glasses and searching for the matching picture. Then, they can write or trace the CVC word and/or use it in a sentence. These are great for whole-class teaching, small group instruction, literacy centers, independent practice, morning work, or intervention.
60 CVC word cards in color or black and white (12 cards for each short vowel) and four different recording sheets (one for each vowel with the option to color the matching picture, color the picture and write the word, color the picture and trace the word, or write the word and use it in a sentence). These can be used for many different purposes and in a variety of ways.
Why use CVC I Spy cards?
Research supports how important it is for beginning readers to practice decoding and encoding CVC words. Intentional, frequent, and focused opportunities to practice over an extended time (deliberate practice) facilitates automaticity with this skill. Since research also shows that learners are more motivated to do an activity that is fun and novel, CVC I Spy cards is an activity that meets that criteria. CVC I Spy cards combines the motivation of a hands-on, engaging activity, and deliberate practice with the goal of helping students gain automaticity in reading and writing CVC words and does it in a way that is both fun and motivational.
How to Use:
Go over each picture name on the recording sheet with the students. Have them repeat the name of each picture. If students do the activity independently, teach them to read (decode) the CVC words on the magnifying glass card and then, color or mark the picture that matches the CVC word on the card. Students can then write the word, trace the word, and/or use the word in a sentence depending on the recording sheet you choose.
This I Spy CVC Words activity can be used as morning work, at the beginning of a reading group, in a literacy center, or any other way that fits with your needs. It’s also a useful tool to be used by a parent volunteer or a paraprofessional working with one or a few students.
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