Teaching Resource

My Word Builder Folder

PDF | 6 pages|Grades: 1 - 4

An individual word building folder to develop and consolidate students’ phonemic awareness.

Use this hands-on teaching resource to consolidate your students’ phonemic awareness as they build and explore words.

The resource includes 96 common graphemes consisting of one, two, three and four letters.

Students can make words by blending the grapheme tiles together. Additional activities ideas are also included in the resource.

How do I prepare these word builder folders for my students?

  • Source an A4-sized manilla folder for each student in your class.
  • Glue the title page on the front of the folder and the activities page on the back of the folder.
  • Glue the two blank grids on the inside of the folder (one on each side). Affix a Velcro dot to each grid square. There are 96 squares in all.
  • Prepare a set of grapheme tiles for each student. These will need to be printed, laminated and affixed with a Velcro dot.
  • Affix the grapheme tiles to the grid squares inside the folder.
  • The word builder folders are now ready for your students to use!

Alternatively, to save time and paper, you may wish to print the grapheme tiles at a larger size, then create a class set for students to use during literacy rotations.


This teaching resource was created in conjunction with Paul Hemphill at the Let’s Collaborate event.

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1458

    Use short vowels, common long vowels, consonant digraphs and consonant blends when writing, and blend these to read single syllable wordsElaborationsusing knowledge of letters and sounds to write words with short vowels, for example ‘man’, ...

  • ACELA1459

    Understand that a letter can represent more than one sound and that a syllable must contain a vowel soundElaborationsrecognising that letters can have more than one sound, for example the letter ‘u’ in ‘cut’, ‘put’, â€...

  • ACELA1471

    Understand how to use knowledge of digraphs, long vowels, blends and silent letters to spell one and two syllable words including some compound wordsElaborationsusing knowledge of known words to spell unknown words, for example using the word ‘...

  • ACELA1485

    Understand how to use letter-sound relationships and less common letter patterns to spell wordsElaborationsusing sound and visual spelling strategies to explore less common letter patterns after a short vowel, for example words that end in ‘dge...

  • ACELA1778

    Understand how to spell one and two syllable words with common letter patternsElaborationswriting one-syllable words containing known blends, for example 'bl' and 'st' (Skills: Literacy)(View this topic on www.australiancurriculum.edu.au )

  • ACELA1779

    Understand how to use knowledge of letter patterns including double letters, spelling generalisations, morphemic word families, common prefixes and suffixes and word origins to spell more complex wordsElaborationsapplying generalisations for adding a...

  • ACELA1823

    Use knowledge of letter patterns and morphemes to read and write high-frequency words and words whose spelling is not predictable from their soundsElaborationsusing known words in writing and spelling unknown words using morphemic knowledge of letter...

  • ACELA1824

    Use most letter-sound matches including vowel digraphs, less common long vowel patterns, letter clusters and silent letters when reading and writing words of one or more syllableElaborationsrecognising when some letters are silent, for example ‘...

  • ACELA1825

    Understand that a sound can be represented by various letter combinationsElaborationsrecognising sounds that can be produced by different letters, for example the long ‘a’ sound in ‘wait’, ‘stay’, ‘able’ and â...

  • ACELA1826

    Understand how to apply knowledge of letter-sound relationships, syllables, and blending and segmenting to fluently read and write multisyllabic words with more complex letter patternsElaborationsreading and writing more complex words with consonant ...

  • ACELA1828

    Understand how to use phonic knowledge to read and write multisyllabic words with more complex letter combinations, including a variety of vowel sounds and known prefixes and suffixesElaborationsusing phonic generalisations to read and write multisyl...

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