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Blending Phonemes Secret Message – Matching Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 10 pages | Years: P - 2

Blend phonemes to build words and uncover the secret message!

Blending Phonemes Mystery Match – a Phonemic Awareness Activity

It’s no mystery that young learners need multiple opportunities to practise blending sounds and building words. Our Blending Phonemes Secret Message – Matching Activity is designed to give your students the practice they need to grow into readers and writers.

The resource consists of:

  • blending mats (containing sequences of images)
  • individual picture cards.

To play, place the blending mats into a stack, and lay the single picture cards out face-up. Students choose one blending mat from the set. They look at the pictures and identify the initial sound of each picture shown. They then take those initial sounds and blend them together to create a new word. Students find the single picture card that matches this new word and place it beside the sequence of images on the blending mat.

Through this activity, students will develop their blending skills and apply them to CVC words.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your reading lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this phonics activity to enhance learning during your English Group Activities or whole class lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who have difficulty understanding the concepts by providing them with a letter/sound wall to assist in the identification of the initial sounds of the pictures on each card.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge students to use each word in a sentence, or encourage them to create their own secret message cards using sentence strips.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the colour or black and white version of this resource. 

Print on thick card for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 



This resource was created by Lindsey, a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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