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CVC Word Dominoes

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 7 pages | Years: F - 1

Practise decoding CVC words with this set of 30 dominoes.

What Are CVC Words?

The acronym ‘CVC’ refers to words made up of a consonant, vowel and consonant (in that order). Some examples of CVC words are gum, cat and pen.  

Once students begin learning how to identify phonemes and blend sounds, CVC words become a layer of vocabulary they can add to their phonological awareness skill set. 

In this dominoes game, students will read each CVC word and connect it with its matching picture.

Build Phonological Awareness with Our CVC Word Dominoes

This resource can be used as an English group activity, or as part of a whole-class activity to practise identifying CVC words

To play, the domino cards are shuffled and divided equally among players. One player lays a domino down the middle of the playing area. Students take turns matching the opposite end of the domino with the words and pictures that fit the sequence. Play continues in this way until someone lays down their last domino, making them the winner.

CVC Word Game Scaffolding & Extension Tips

  • Challenge fast finishers to put the words from the dominoes in alphabetical order. 
  • Support students by providing a visual resource, such as an alphabet display, to help them with letter-sound correspondences.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print the dominoes on thick card for added durability and longevity. Place in a resealable bag or large envelope for safekeeping.

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.


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

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