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Decodable Text Worksheets - Single Graphemes (Set 1)

PDF, Word | 10 pages|Grades: F - 1

A set of 10 decodable text worksheets for early readers.

What are decodable texts?

Decodable texts contain a high percentage of words that use the GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences) that students have already been taught. As students learn more letter-sound relationships, they can read decodable texts of greater complexity.

Texts that focus on the short vowel sound – CVC, CVCC and CCVC words

These 10 texts focus on the five short vowel sounds. The words used most commonly are CVC words, though some CCVC and CVCC words are also used. All of the words used in the text (apart from the tricky words) are decodable and use single grapheme letter-sound correspondences.

What are tricky words?

The top of each worksheet lists the ‘tricky words’ that the students will encounter within the text. A tricky word can be defined as a word that a student cannot decode using their current phonetic knowledge. It is recommended that teachers highlight and discuss these tricky words with the students before commencing the worksheet.

How do I know my students are reading for meaning?

In order to ensure that students have understood what they have read (not just decoded it), a comprehension question is included at the bottom of each worksheet. A simple drawing or writing task related to the text is also included.

What texts are included?

  • The Hot Sun
  • My Pet Dog
  • Pam the Pink Pig
  • The Hot Bun
  • The Big Cut
  • The Ant
  • Sam the Vet
  • The Fat Rat
  • The Red Van
  • Bugs and Slugs

Need to make some personal adjustments? Download in Microsoft Word for an editable option!

Looking for more awesome decodable texts using single graphemes? Click on the thumbnail below to access Set 2!

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Gwen Brennan

Is there only 2 sets or will you be making more sets? My kids found the activity easy to do during home learning since they are able to do them independently.

Gwen Brennan · Sep 6th, 2021

Holly (Teach Starter)

Hi Gwen! Thanks so much for your comment and that is fantastic news that your students have been able to use this during home learning. We are actually working on some more as we speak – stay tuned!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Sep 7th, 2021

Gwen Brennan

Is there another set? My class likes this resource because they can read it independently and do the activity.

Gwen Brennan · Sep 3rd, 2021


Hello, Gwen! Thanks for your feedback. We also have another set available here: https://www.teachstarter.com/au/teaching-resource/decodable-text-worksheets-set-2/ I hope your class enjoys!

Bronwyn · Sep 6th, 2021

Alison Hooper

Fabulous resource. My munchkins love them.

Alison Hooper · Aug 27th, 2021


Hi Alison! Thanks so much for the lovely feedback, we’re so glad your kids are loving these!

Bronwyn · Aug 30th, 2021

Jenny Lodwick

These are fabulous!!! More please!!

Jenny Lodwick · Aug 17th, 2021

Trish (Teach Starter)

Hi Jenny, we’re absolutely hoping to be able to make more! Keep your eyes open for those.

Trish (Teach Starter) · Aug 19th, 2021

Kathryn Adams

Thanks so much!

Kathryn Adams · Aug 12th, 2021

Holly (Teach Starter)

You’re most welcome Kathryn! Glad you have found this resource helpful.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Aug 12th, 2021

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Holly (Teach Starter) · Aug 11th, 2021


These are fabulous! Would love to see these with increasing levels of complexity

Nette · Jul 17th, 2021


Hi, Nette, thanks for your feedback. Please feel free to drop your suggestion in the Change Suggestions tab just over to the right. That way you’ll be notified of any future updates. Thanks!

Bronwyn · Jul 19th, 2021

Lucky Jayawardhana

Love these. Hope Teach Starter will create more sets with increasing difficulty.

Lucky Jayawardhana · Jul 16th, 2021


Hey Lucy! Keep your eyes peeled 😉 Have a great week!

Bronwyn · Jul 19th, 2021

Alisha Mitchell

These are AWESOME! Thank you – Looking forward to more sets 🙂

Alisha Mitchell · Jul 16th, 2021


Thank you, Alisha! The team had a lot of fun creating these!

Bronwyn · Jul 19th, 2021

Corrina Ingle

Love these so much! It is so hard to get resources for students to read.

Corrina Ingle · Jul 15th, 2021

Trish (Teach Starter)

Thanks so much Corrina! I hope these help!

Trish (Teach Starter) · Jul 15th, 2021

Resource Updates

  • An editable Microsoft Word version of this resource has been added to the download options, should you need to make personal adjustments to the content.

    Addition by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Jul 26th, 2021

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