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Google Interactive R-Controlled Vowel Word Building Activity

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Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: K - 1

Build an engaging literacy center or station activity around r-controlled vowels with a Google Slides Interactive Activity.

Read and Write with Interactive R-Controlled Vowel Reading Centers

Reading and writing with r-controlled vowels can be difficult. The majority of first and second grade students experience difficulty with determining when to use ar, er, ir, or and ur. They need practice! Use this Google Slides Interactive resource to create a literacy center or station activity that is sure to engage, entertain, and educate. 

To use this resource, simply assign it in Google Classroom. Once students have opened the file in edit mode, they will build words featuring r-controlled vowels by dragging and dropping the correct letter tiles into place to complete the word. Students are given a picture stimulus to reference in order to build each word.

Through this activity, students will develop the skills needed to read and write higher-level words using r-controlled vowels (ar, er, ir, or, ur).

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

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

In addition to individual student work time, use this activity to enhance learning through guided reading groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners and ELL/ESL students, we have a few suggestions for keeping students on track with these concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by allowing them build the words using letter tiles, then making their selection on each clip card. Students may also benefit from one-to-one assistance or partner work with this activity. Additionally, provide access to previous assignments, as well as posters and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge your fast finishers to read, write, and discover new and more challenging words using r-controlled verbs. Encourage students to read new texts and identify more r-controlled words. They can use these words in sentences or make anchor charts to display in the classroom.

🧑‍🏫 Group Learning

Project the slides onto a screen and work through them as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks or mini whiteboards. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to download the Google Slides version of this resource.

Assign this interactive activity in Google Classroom. Please be sure to open in Edit mode, not presentation mode. Students click/drag/drop to build r-controlled words.

Alternatively, print slides to use them for your: 

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